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Boeing, Sikorsky Reorganize Comanche Team (Oct. 5)

HUNTSVILLE, Ala.---The Boeing-Sikorsky RAH-66 Comanche team will consolidate its senior leadership into the Joint Program Office (JPO) and relocate the office from here to the Stratford, Connecticut area beginning early next year, the two companies announced today.

The consolidation and moves will affect only a small portion of the approximately 1,000 Boeing and Sikorsky employees assigned to the Comanche program, the companies said. Most of the Huntsville-based JPO staff of approximately 25 will move to Connecticut.

The reorganization will also create a single set of Analysis and Integration Teams (AITs) and Integrated Product Teams (IPTs) made up of employees from both companies, which will now report directly to the JPO. This may require a small number of engineers and program management in Boeing's Philadelphia location and Sikorsky's sites in Connecticut to exchange locations.

In 2000, the Comanche team signed a $3.1 billion Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) contract with the Army that calls for the design, development and manufacture of 13 aircraft.

"Our focus is now on development of the new EMD prototypes for the U.S. Army," said Chuck Allen, Boeing vice president and director of the Comanche JPO. "This reorganization will reduce distance and improve communications between the JPO and the huge resources supporting it in the Northeast. That will allow us to streamline the program and help the team deliver on its obligations to the customer."

The consolidation of JPO senior leadership personnel currently located in three states into one office will enable the program to coordinate activities and address issues quickly and efficiently, Allen said. The JPO will maintain a presence in Huntsville, which remains the key location for contact with the customer as the program progresses toward the manufacture and assembly of the prototype aircraft.

"The leadership of the new JPO has been given clear responsibility and accountability to direct the program and allocate resources across company lines," said Mark Goumas, Sikorsky's vice president-Comanche and deputy director of the JPO. "These changes will reduce program risk, strengthen management, and ensure the timely development and fielding of new aircraft."

The RAH-66 Comanche, the U.S. Army's 21st century combat helicopter, is being developed by the U.S. Army and a team of leading aerospace companies headed by The Boeing Company, and Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, a unit of United Technologies Corporation.


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