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Boeing US Air Force KC-46A Tankers Award

A KC-46A takes off for Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey [© Boeing: Craig Larsen]

Boeing awarded $2.3 billion for additional US Air Force Tankers ~ 153 KC-46A multi-mission aerial refuellers are now on contract globally.

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Press Release, Everett WA, 28 November 2023: Boeing will build an additional 15 KC-46A Pegasus tankers under a Lot 10 contract awarded by the US Air Force valued at $2.3 billion. One hundred fifty-three KC-46A multi-mission aerial refuellers are now on contract globally, providing advanced capability advantages for the joint force and allies.

“We appreciate our partnership with the US Air Force, which allows for the expansion of the capacity and capability of the KC-46A fleet,” said Lynn Fox, vice president and KC-46 programme manager. “We understand the advantages that KC-46 capabilities give the warfighters, and in the current global environment, we continue to focus our investments on evolving the aircraft for the changing needs of the mission.”

With a supplier network of about 37,000 American workers employed by more than 650 businesses throughout more than 40 US states, the combat-proven KC-46A is transforming the role of the tanker for the 21st century. From aerial refuelling, cargo and passenger transportation, aeromedical evacuation support, and data connectivity at the tactical edge, the KC-46A Pegasus has already been called a “game changer” for its ability to transmit and exchange data, enabling rapid air mobility, global reach and Agile Combat Employment.

Earlier this year, the Air Force awarded Boeing a Block 1 upgrade contract, adding more advanced communications capabilities to enhance the aircraft’s data connectivity and situational awareness. To date, Boeing has delivered 76 KC-46As to the US Air Force and two to the Japan Air Self-Defense Force.

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