April 17, 2008 (by Lieven Dewitte) - Boeing Co. sued Alcoa Inc. for forging titanium parts that contained a manufacturing defect in its supports that are used in some of the U.S. Air Force's new F-22 Raptor fighter jets, The Seattle Times reported.
USAF F-22A block 20 no. 04-4082 from 94 FS is seen departing from Nellis AFB on January 24th, 2008. Note markings for '192d FW'. [Photo by Karl Drage
The Air Force agreed to allow the defect to stay because of the cost and delay to fix it, but the jets will require more frequent inspections because of the risk of a catastrophic failure in flight. Boeing said the jets are safe for military operations as long as the potentially defective parts are inspected regularly.
The paper reported that the suit seeks more than $12 million for the extra costs incurred because of the alleged shoddy manufacturing.
The Seattle Times reported that the Air Force withheld $27 million in payments until it reached a settlement with Boeing last June. The settlement requires Boeing to perform $6.4 million worth of extra work at no cost. Boeing wants Alcoa to reimburse all the extra costs plus legal fees.