U.S. Air Force Orders 12 More KC-46 Tankers for $1.7B

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U.S. Air Force Orders 12 More KC-46 Tankers for $1.7B
KC-46A Pegasus tanker.

The U.S. Air Force awarded Boeing $1.7 billion to build 12 KC-46A Pegasus tanker aircraft.

With this sixth production lot, Boeing is now on contract for 79 KC-46A tankers.

In a release, the Department of Defense said Boeing had won $1.7 billion for Lot Six production of KC-46 aircraft, subscriptions and licenses, and G081 flat file.  The contract modification provides for the exercise of an option for an additional quantity of 12 KC-46 aircraft, data, subscriptions and licenses, and G081 flat file being produced under the basic contract.

The company delivered the first KC-46A to the Air Force in January 2019. Since then, Boeing has delivered 42 tankers to four different bases. The next-generation KC-46 brings new capabilities and operational flexibility to the U.S. Air Force and international customers.

Boeing received its first two production lots from the U.S. Air Force, for seven and 12 aircraft, in August 2016. The third lot, for 15 aircraft, was awarded in January 2017; the fourth lot for 18 aircraft in September 2018 and the fifth lot for 15 aircraft in September 2019.

The KC-46A is a multirole tanker designed to refuel allied and coalition military aircraft compatible with international aerial refueling procedures. It’s also equipped to carry passengers, cargo and patients on any mission at any time.

Boeing is assembling KC-46A aircraft at its Everett, Wash. facility where it also continues production of the KC-46 tanker for Japan.

U.S. Air Force Orders 12 More KC-46 Tankers for $1.7B

KC-46 Pegasus

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 $5.7 billion for the new fleet of KC-46s with combat capabilities. The company won an additional $2.6 billion after five months for Lot 5 production KC-46 aircraft, initial spares, and support equipment.

The aircraft has completed receiver certification testing with Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft.

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