Boeing has won a new contract to build an additional 15 KC-46A Pegasus tankers for the US Air Force, in a deal valued at $2.3 billion.
The plane-maker has 153 KC-46A multi-mission aerial refuellers on contract globally, “providing advanced capability advantages for the joint force and allies”.
Lynn Fox, vice president and KC-46 programme manager: “We appreciate our partnership with the U.S. Air Force, which allows for the expansion of the capacity and capability of the KC-46A fleet.
“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 refueling, 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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