GDC Technics, an Air Force One subcontractor, filed a countersuit against Boeing on Friday, seeking at least $20 million in damages after Boeing canceled contracts for work on the plane that transports the president of the United States.
GDC, based in Texas, failed to complete interior work on the two heavily modified 747-8 Air Force One aircraft, according to Boeing’s lawsuit, which was filed on April 7. GDC is “roughly one year behind schedule in fulfilling its contractual obligations,” according to Boeing.
GDC’s counterclaim claims that “Boeing’s mismanagement of the completion of two Air Force One presidential aircraft has caused a delay in the completion of those aircraft, not delays caused by GDC.”
According to GDC, Boeing opted to use existing aircraft rather than new planes for the two replacement Air Force One planes.
“Boeing has fallen behind schedule on the aircraft project due to technical and program management issues, as well as financial difficulties. “Boeing used GDC as a scapegoat to justify its poor performance on the aircraft to the United States Air Force,” GDC said, adding that Boeing’s “false” claims have harmed the Air Force’s and the aviation industry’s reputations worldwide. According to Boeing’s lawsuit, GDC’s delays “have cost Boeing millions of dollars in damages and threaten to jeopardize critical work.”
Boeing has received a $3.9 billion contract in July 2018 to manufacture two 747-8 aircraft for use as Air Force One, with delivery expected in December 2024. On April 8, a Boeing spokeswoman said that the planemaker was committed to meeting the Air Force’s delivery schedule.
The Boeing 747-8s are modified with military avionics, advanced communications, and a self-defense system to function as an airborne White House, capable of flying in worst-case security situations such as nuclear war.