Seeking Boeing C-17 Concession, F136 Still In Play

Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), head of the defense appropriations subcommittee, believes that Congress will include 10 additional C-17s in the Fiscal 2010 defense spending bill, but he wants Boeing to trim the expected per aircraft price tag, reports CongressDaily. Murtha thinks Boeing should trim about $25 million per aircraft, harking back to the last multiyear procurement figure of $200 million per copy. CongressDaily report also noted that Murtha believes the final bill will include funding, as did the companion policy bill, for the General Electric-Rolls Royce F136 engine for the F-35. Unlike the “strongly objects” position on additional C-17s, the Administration has said the alternate engine might engage a veto, but CQ Today reports that the President Obama now may sign the policy bill with the F136 funding intact—waiting to kill it through the spending bill that will follow shortly.