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In the article they mention that they outsourced at least some of it.

“ As Boeing and the subcontractor that supplied the flight-control computer, the United Technologies Corp. division Collins Aerospace Systems, worked through these changes, it has at times created tension.”




It is extremely common that various parts of design and manufacture of aircraft are "outsourced". The airframe manufacturer is essentially never the manufacturer for whole subsystems and there is a large subcontracting network.

This is an entirely normal and long-standing practice.


Didn't say it wasn't, I was just answering GP's question :).




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