Cybaru wrote:THis is what prompted my question. https://www.defensenews.com/digital-sho ... tion-line/
Anything is possible if you throw enough money at the problem. But realistically, the cost-benefit is not there. USAF needs a couple of squadrons of airlift. That is not to justify the Capital expense of funding a production run for which Boeing would have to first chose a location (they sold the land on which the C-17 factory was based to a residential/commercial developer), then move or order new machinery, move, hire and train the workforce, and then re-certify the entire facility for DOD compliance. Meanwhile, there are other ways to affordable, over time, achieve the same airlift footprint without embarking on such an expensive endeavor. The same will happen with the P-8, and the V-22 in the short term. On the P-8 it will be only the cost of restarting production of the MPA specific equipment but there will be a cost involved. Boeing has this issue with its legacy programs getting close to a sunset and has been communicating this to potential interested parties so that they can hurry up and place orders. They did the same on the C-17..few responded and were able to scoop up the orders. They should have built tails and used them as a contracted service. Many at the Air Force Association's annual have been talking about this for the last few years. But Boeing chose not to take that risk and shut it down.