Last updated on October 4, 2019
The US Department of Defense DoD has announced September 27th 2019 that the Air Force was awarding a $2,62 billion contract to the Boeing Company for the acquisition of an additional 15 KC-46 aircraft along with data, two spare engines, five wing refueling pod kits, various spares and other support equipment. Under the procurement contract, administered by the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center based at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio this fifth production order –designated as ‘lot’ in defense contracting- is expected to be completed by March 2023.
The overall Boeing KC-46A acquisition programme will see the US Air Force acquire a total of 179 new build aerial tankers aircraft from Boeing. The KC-46A is a derivative of Boeing’s highly successful 767 commercial passenger jets.
Previous awards to the Boeing Company have consisted of a first and second lot of respectively 7 and 12 aircraft both issued in August 2016. The third lot procuring 15 aircraft was issued in January 2017 and it was followed by lot number four covering 18 aircraft in September 2018.
This latest lot 5 addition brings the total aircraft procurement for the KC-46A programme to a total of 67 aircraft.