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Boeing sub hunter program faces cut

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on Dec. 31, 2008 at 12:32 pm with No Comments »
December 31, 2008 12:32 pm

A sub-hunting version of Boeing’s popular 737 airliner could see its production schedule slowed if the Defense Department has its way.

The department’s proposed 2010 budget cuts $940 million from the program to build the P-8A subhunting aircraft in order to fund completion of a third DDG-1000 destroyer, Bloomberg News reports.

The DDG-1000 was partially funded by Congress last year.

The budget proposal, of course, is subject to amendment by Congress and the new administration.

The first prototype examples of the P-8A are being built on a special assembly line at Boeing’s Renton plant.

Commercial 737s are produced on another assembly line there.

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