The US Air Force has won a $2.8 billion worth contract to Boeing for additional 18 KC-46 tankers, the Department of defense announced Monday.
“The Boeing Co., Seattle, Washington, has been awarded a $2,858,701,741 modification (P00141) to contract FA8625-11-C-6600 for lot 4 production KC-46 aircraft, initial spares, and support equipment,” the release says.
Monday’s contract follows the first two U.S. Air Force buys finalized in August 2016 for a total of 19 aircraft, and a third order for another 15 KC-46s in January 2017.
Monday’s contract provides for the exercise of an option for an additional quantity of 18 KC-46 aircraft, data, two spare engines, five wing refueling pod kits, initial spares, and support equipment being produced under the basic contract, the statement said.
Work will be performed in Seattle, Washington, and is expected to be completed by Jan 2022.
Fiscal 2016 aircraft procurement funds in the amount of $44,000,000; fiscal 2017 aircraft procurement funds in the amount of $202,000,000; and fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement funds in the amount of $2,612,701,741 are being obligated at the time of award, it added.
The KC-46A is a multirole tanker that can refuel all allied and coalition military aircraft compatible with international aerial refueling procedures and can carry passengers, cargo and patients.
The British defense company Cobham providing in-flight refueling technology for the U.S
Boeings KC-46 tanker program has completed all required Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) flight tests following a successful refueling/communications flight with a C-17 Globemaster III. The STC encompasses the military systems installed on the 767-2C aircraft to make it a tanker, and is one of two required FAA airworthiness certifications
Boeing has been awarded a $288 million contract for one KC-46A aircraft for Japan. The face value is not-to-exceed $19
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted Boeings KC-46 tanker program an Amended Type Certificate (ATC) for its core 767-2C aircraft configuration, verifying that the fundamental design of the KC-46 tanker is safe and reliable. The 767-2C is a modified version of the companys commercial 767 with revised structure, wiring and plumbing
A Boeing-US Air Force test team recently refueled a KC-46A tanker from another KC-46A tanker for the first time. During the four-hour flight, the two aircraft successfully refueled each other and achieved the maximum fuel offload rate of 1,200 gallons per minute
Boeing has been awarded a $101.8 million modification contract for initial common spares and readiness spares packages in support of production aircraft lots 1 and 2 for the KC-46 modernization program
Boeing is planning to deliver the first KC-46 tanker aircraft by year end even as they are in preparation for the start of Initial Operational Test and Evaluation work next year. According to United States federal documents published last month, the first delivery could come as early as the middle of November to McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita
Boeings Defense, Space & Security businesss third-quarter 2018 revenue increased to $5.7 billion, up from $5,050 for the same period last year; driven by increased volume across government satellites, KC-46 Tanker, F/A-18 and weapons
Two pilots safely ejected from an US Air Force T-6 trainer Tuesday afternoon before it crashed in a field on the far North Side, prompting a suspension of training flights at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph. Both pilots survived the bailout from the T-6 Texan II training aircraft with minor injuries
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