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KC-46A Tanker aircraft: fifth production lot

Boeing awarded USD 2.6 bn -DATA SHEET

The US Air Force awarded Boeing a $2.6 billion contract for 15 KC-46A tanker aircraft, spares, support equipment, spare engines and wing air refuelling pod kits. With this fifth production lot, the industry now is on contract for 67 KC-46 tankers.

The company received its first two production lots, for 7 and 12 airplanes, in August 2016. The third lot, for 15 ones, was awarded in January 2017; the fourth lot for 18 units in September 2018.

Boeing plans to build 179 of the 767-based refuelling aircraft for the Air Force to replace its legacy tanker fleet. The company delivered the first tankers to the Air Force in January 2019.

The industry received its 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 allied and coalition military aircraft compatible with international aerial refueling procedures and can carry passengers, cargo and patients.

The US giant is assembling KC-46 airplane at its Everett, Wash., facility and recently started production of the first KC-46 for Japan.

The technical data sheet of the KC-46A Tanker model is attached to this AVIONEWS.

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