Thursday, June 29, 2006. 8:49am (AEST)
"Nelson slams Boeing delays
Australian Defence Minister Brendan Nelson has used his trip to Washington to criticise a US defence contractor for a lengthy delay in a key project.
Brendan Nelson has met senior Boeing executives in Washington, making it clear he is disappointed that delivery of the Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control (AWACS) aircraft has been delayed by at least 12 months.
"I think Boeing has let the Australian Government down and I think they've let themselves down," he said.
"Now what I intend to do is make damn sure that Boeing delivers on the project."
Ultimately, he said he expected the project to succeed. "