Boeing has won a $55.5 million modification contract for telescopic boom of the KC-46 military aircraft.
"This modification is for the system level hardware and software critical design review of the boom telescope actuator redesign," the US Department of Defense said in a statement Friday.
The Boeing KC-46 Pegasus is a military aerial refueling and strategic military transport aircraft developed by Boeing from its 767 jet airliner. The new KC-46 fleet is planned to replace the US Air Force’s ageing fleet of Boeing KC-135 Stratotankers.
In April 2019, the company was awarded a $5.7 billion contract for a new fleet of the aircraft with combat capabilities. The KC-46 has completed receiver certification testing with Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft this year.
Work for the current contract will be performed at Seattle, Washington, and is expected to be completed February 2021.