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US Air Force confirms $2.3bn contract for tanker aircraft

Boeing has been awarded a $2.3 billion contract by the US Air Force for an additional 15 KC-46A Pegasus tanker aircraft.

Boeing has been awarded a $2.3 billion contract by the US Air Force for an additional 15 KC-46A Pegasus tanker aircraft.

The additional aircraft will become part of a ninth production lot for the 128 KC-46A Pegasus advanced multi-mission aerial refueller aircraft currently contracted for the US Air Force. Sixty-eight aircraft have been delivered so far.

Internationally, Boeing is contracted and has delivered two of six KC-46A tankers to the Japan Air Self-Defense Force and is under contract for four KC-46A tankers to the Israel Air Force.

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The KC-46A Pegasus delivers cargo, personnel, and aeromedical transportation for global reach, combat employment, and joint force mobility.

KC-46 program manager and vice president James Burgess said the KC-46 also provides crucial fuel and data for the fleet.

“The combat-ready KC-46A is transforming the role of the tanker for the 21st century,” he said.

“We’re proud to work side by side with the Air Force ensuring the Pegasus provides unmatched capabilities and continues to evolve for the US and its allies’ global mission needs.”

KC-46A aircraft received approval for use in global operations by the US Air Force Air Mobility Command in 2022. During that year, KC-46A aircraft operated in global employment exercises in Europe, the Indo-Pacific, and the Middle East with greater than 95 per cent mission capable rate.

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