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Boeing Wins $2.8 Billion US Air Force KC-46 Tanker Aircraft Contract
KC-46 Pegasus tanker aircraft

Boeing has been awarded a $2.8 billion contract for the acquisition of low-rate initial production (LRIP) of KC-46 tanker aircraft Lots 1 and 2 for the US Air Force.

As authorized by the KC-46 Milestone C acquisition decision memorandum dated Aug. 12, 2016, this contract modification obligates funding for pre-priced options for seven Lot 1 LRIP aircraft, two Lot 1 LRIP spare engines, and five Lot 1 LRIP wing refueling pod kits, US department of defense said in a statement Friday.

It further obligates funding for pre-priced options for 12 Lot 2 LRIP aircraft, two Lot 2 LRIP spare engines, and five Lot 2 LRIP wing refueling pod kits. Work is expected to be complete by Aug. 24, 2018.

"The KC-46 tanker will provide the Air Force unprecedented refueling capabilities, operational flexibility and combat readiness," Boeing Defense, Space and Security President Leanne Caret said in the release on Thursday.

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