St. Louis-based Boeing Defense, Space & Security reports it has a new contract worth $145 million from the U.S. Navy to supply two more C-40A Clipper transport aircraft — modified version of Boeing’s Next-Generation 737-700 jets that will raise the Navy’s ability to move its personnel and cargo worldwide. These new aircraft will count as the 13th and 14th C-40As in the Navy's Unique Fleet Essential Airlift Replacement Aircraft Program, which is replacing the Navy Reserve's aging fleet of DC-9-based C-9B Skytrains.

The Next-Generation 737 is frequently described by Boeing as “the world's best-selling airplane.” It is narrow-body jet for short- to medium-range flights, and configurable to several purposes. The C-40A Clipper is a military aircraft variant of the 737, used by the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force since 2001. The Navy’s jets are maintained and operated by the U.S. Naval Reserve.

Boeing also provides contractor logistics support for the C-40A fleet with its partners, Delta Technical Operations and J.K. Hill and Associates.

"The C-40A offers superior performance and range, 21st Century avionics, and quiet, fuel-efficient engines, and is increasing the Navy's capability for rapid response," stated Andy Reheis, Boeing Global Transport and Executive Systems program manager.

The C-40A is certified to operate in an all-passenger configuration, an all-cargo variant, or as a "combi" that accommodates both cargo and passengers on the main deck.

The Boeing 737 aircraft in the C-40A program are manufactured in Renton, Wash., and finished at Boeing’s operation in San Antonio.

Boeing delivered the first C-40A to the Navy Reserve in 2001. Boeing also provides contractor logistics support for the C-40A fleet with industry partners Delta Technical Operations and J.K. Hill and Associates.