Boeing gets a contract for additional KC-46 tankers

Boeing gets a contract for additional KC-46 tankers

Boeing awarded a $2.9 billion contact for the fourth lot of KC-46 tankers, raising the total to 52 aircraft on order.

The contract includes the production of 18 KC-46s and other associated gear like spare engines and parts, support equipment and wing air refueling pod kits.

“We’re excited to partner with the Air Force on an aircraft that will provide its fleet unmatched capabilities and versatility,” said Mike Gibbons, Boeing KC-46A tanker vice president and program manager. “This is another big milestone for the team and we look forward to delivering this next-generation, multi-role tanker for years to come.”

Boeing plans to build 179 of the 767-based refueling aircraft for the Air Force to replace its legacy tanker fleet. Tanker deliveries are expected to begin later this year.

Boeing received an initial contract in 2011 to design and develop the Air Force’s newest tanker aircraft. 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.

Work will be performed in Seattle, Washington, and is expected to be completed by Jan 2022.

Source: www.defenceandtechnology.com
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