Boeing Integrated Defense Systems

Boeing Integrated Defense Systems

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Boeing Integrated Defense Systems

Boeing Integrated Defense System


Operating Division


1939 2002-06-10 (as Boeing IDS)


St. Louis, Missouri, United States

Key people

James F. Albaugh (President and CEO)


Aerospace and defense


US$30,791 million (2005)




The Boeing Company


Boeing Integrated Defense Systems (Boeing IDS), based in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, is a unit of The Boeing Company responsible for defense and aerospace products and services. Integrated Defense Systems was formed in 2002 by combining the former "Military Aircraft and Missile Systems" and "Space and Communications" divisions. Integrated Defense Systems makes Boeing the second-largest defense contractor in the world and is responsible for 56% of the company’s income.

Integrated Defense Systems is a consolidated group which brought together major names in aerospace; Boeing Military Airplane Company; Hughes Satellite Systems; Hughes Helicopters minus the commercial helicopter products (which were divested as MD Helicopters); Piasecki Helicopter, subsequently known as Boeing Vertol and then Boeing Helicopters; the St. Louis-based McDonnell division of the former McDonnell Douglas Company; and the former North American Aviation division of Rockwell International.


IDS is organized into the following subdivisions as of July 2008:

  • Advanced Systems will develop the technologies for the evolving needs of Boeing’s space and defense customers. Advanced Systems will collaborate with Phantom Works, Boeing’s advanced research and development unit in developing these technologies.
  • Network & Space Systems responsible for Boeing’s Future Combat Systems program, rocket launch systems, missile defense, satellites, other networking services and also the Space Shuttle and Space Station programs. This group will be headquartered in northern Virginia, and led by Roger Krone.
    • Boeing Satellite Development Center
  • Boeing Military Aircraft responsible for fighter aircraft, airlifters, aerial refuelling tankers, helicopters, and airborne warfare systems. This group is headquartered in Northern Virginia, and led by John Chris Chadwick. This group was previously known as Precision Engagement & Mobility Systems (PE&MS) before July 11, 2008.
  • Support Systems responsible for Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul, material management, training systems, international business operations, and advanced logistic systems. This group will be headquartered in St. Louis, and led by Pat Finneran.
  • Joint Ventures
    • Sea Launch (40% Boeing)
    • United Launch Alliance (with Lockheed Martin)
    • United Space Alliance (with Lockheed Martin)



B-52 Stratofortress
B-52 Stratofortress

  • Y1B-9
  • B-17 Flying Fortress
  • B-29 Superfortress
  • B-47 Stratojet
  • B-50 Superfortress
  • B-52 Stratofortress
  • B-1B Lancer (Rockwell)
  • B-2 Spirit (in contractor team under Northrop Grumman)


  • AH-64 Apache
  • CH-46 Sea Knight
  • CH-47 Chinook
  • V-22 Osprey (with Bell Helicopter)
  • Quad TiltRotor (with Bell Helicopter)
  • RAH-66 Comanche (with Sikorsky), reconnaissance and light attack helicopter, canceled

Tactical fighters

X-32B Joint Strike Fighter
X-32B Joint Strike Fighter

  • P-26 Peashooter
  • F-4 Phantom II (McDonnell Douglas)
  • F-15 Eagle (McDonnell Douglas)
  • AV-8B Harrier II (McDonnell Douglas/British Aerospace)
  • Harrier GR9 (BAe/McDonnell Douglas)
  • F/A-18 Hornet (McDonnell Douglas)
  • F/A-18E/F Super Hornet (designed by McDonnell Douglas)
  • F-22 Raptor (partner with prime contractor Lockheed Martin)
  • X-32, Boeing’s entry for the Joint Strike Fighter Program

Tankers and transports

KC-135 Stratotanker refuels F-22 Raptor
KC-135 Stratotanker refuels F-22 Raptor

  • KC-135 Stratotanker
  • KC-10 Extender (McDonnell Douglas)
  • KC-767, Boeing’s entry in the KC-X program as a replacement for KC-135
  • C-22
  • C-32A Executive Transport
  • C-40 Clipper
  • YC-14
  • YC-15 (McDonnell Douglas)
  • C-17 Globemaster III (McDonnell Douglas)
  • VC-25A ("Air Force One")

Surveillance and other military

E-3 Sentry
E-3 Sentry

  • YAL-1 Airborne Laser
  • EC-135
  • OC-135 Open Skies
  • RC-135 Rivet Joint
  • E-3 Sentry (an AWACS surveillance aircraft)
  • E-4B (Advanced Airborne Command Post)
  • E-6 TACAMO
  • E-8 Joint STARS, ground battle management
  • E-10 MC2A (successor to the E-3, E-8, EC-135)
  • T-43
  • T-45 Goshawk
  • Project Wedgetail (AEW&C)
  • P-8 Poseidon (ASW)
  • X-36 (Tailless Agility Research Aircraft)

Unmanned aerial vehicles

The X-45A UAV. a prototype for the significantly larger X-45C.
The X-45A UAV. a prototype for the significantly larger X-45C.

  • X-45
  • A160


  • AGM-48 Skybolt (Douglas)
  • Harpoon missiles (McDonnell Douglas)
  • AGM-86 ALCM Cruise Missile
  • AGM-114 Hellfire (McDonnell Douglas)
  • BGM-109 Tomahawk (McDonnell Douglas)
  • Brimstone

Space launch and exploration

Delta rocket family
Delta rocket family

Boeing Launch Services Inc. (BLS) is Boeing’s commercial launch service provider.

  • X-20 Dyna-Soar
  • X-40
  • S-IC first stage (Boeing), S-II second stage (North American Aviation)
  • S-IVB third stage (Douglas Aircraft Company)
  • Apollo Command/Service Module (North American Aviation)
  • X-38 Crew Return Vehicle
  • Inertial Upper Stage (Titan IV)
  • International Space Station
  • Solar Orbit Transfer Vehicle
  • Space Shuttle (Rockwell)
  • Delta rocket (aka Thor-Delta)
  • Delta II
  • Delta III
  • Delta IV EELV
  • Sea Launch (with Energia, Aker Kværner, and Yuzhnoe)
  • X-37


  • Advanced Research and Global Observation Satellite
  • Autonomous Space Transport Robotic Operations (ASTRO)
  • GPS Satellites (Rockwell)
  • Integrated Solar Upper Stage
  • Kinetic Energy Anti-Satellite Weapon System
  • XSS Micro-satellite
  • 376 (formerly Hughes Satellite Systems – HSS)
  • 601 (formerly HSS)
  • 702 (formerly HSS)


Pegasus class hydrofoils
Pegasus class hydrofoils

  • Avenger
  • Bird of Prey
  • Sandia/Rockwell MAGLEV
  • Pegasus class hydrofoils


On July 21, 2006, Boeing announced that it would be consolidating its Southern California locations. The Boeing facility in Anaheim will be moving to Huntington Beach, CA.

  • Decatur, Alabama
  • Huntsville, Alabama (ISS, Delta)
  • Mesa, Arizona (AH-64)
  • Anaheim, California
  • El Segundo, California (601, 702)
  • Palmdale, California
  • Long Beach, California (C-17)
  • Seal Beach, California
  • Huntington Beach, California
  • Macon, Georgia
  • Kennedy Space Center, Florida
  • St. Louis, Missouri (F-15, F/A-18)
  • St. Charles, Missouri (Weapons)
  • Wichita, Kansas
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (H-46, H-47, V-22)
  • El Paso, Texas
  • Houston, Texas
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • Puget Sound, Washington
  • Midwest City, Oklahoma


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