Defense

CPI Aero winging it with new $48M Boeing contract

By GREGORY ZELLER // A fresh $48 million deal will keep a longtime Long Island defense contractor flying Boeing’s friendly skies for the foreseeable future. Edgewood-based CPI Aerostructures on Thursday announced it has inked an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract with a “maximum ceiling value” of $48 million with Chicago-based aerospace giant Boeing. Building on a decade-plus of support for Boeing’s workhorse A-10 Thunderbolt II fighter planes, the new IDIQ deal will see CPI Aero manufacturing…

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CPI lands contract for Growler pods

Edgewood-based CPI Aerostructures has been awarded a $2.7 million contract to work on door and duct assemblies on the pods that house electronics on the U.S. Navy’s EA-18G Growler aircraft, used to jam enemy radar and communications, the company announced. The contract was awarded by Raytheon Co., which received a $1 billion sole source contract from the U.S. Navy in April to produce the jamming pods for 135 Growlers, which are carrier-based electronic warfare aircraft….


Name the Air Force’s next long range bomber!

The Air Force has released an artist’s rendition of its new long range bomber, to be built by Northrop Grumman at $564 million a pop. Breaking with recent tradition – the B-1 and B-2, for example – the aircraft has been officially designated the B-21, evoking the current century. Still needed: A name. And so Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James has put out the call. “We have an image, we have a designation, but here’s…


Northrop Grumman out-guns rivals for B-3 contract

Northrop Grumman won the contract to build the Air Force’s next-generation Long Range Strike Bomber, beating out a rival bid from a partnership between Lockheed Martin and Boeing. While it’s too soon to start gearing up local assembly lines, several Long Island defense firms said privately they expect to see future work from the contract, which will likely extend for a decade or more. And Jamie Moore, president of Hauppauge-based ADDAPT, an alliance of technology…


In Sikorsky deal, cautious local optimism

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island aerospace manufacturers are reassessing their markets following word of Lockheed Martin’s $9 billion acquisition of Sikorsky Aircraft, but none expect the megadeal to hurt existing business. Some Island parts-makers, in fact, are already anticipating an uptick. The deal, announced earlier this week, is pending regulatory approvals and is expected to close late this year or in early 2016. The prospect of a giant Connecticut-based customer with long ties to regional…