Boeing Secures $2.3 Billion Contract for Additional KC-46A Tankers for U.S. Air Force
EVERETT, Wash. — In a significant development for the U.S. Air Force and the aerospace industry, Boeing [NYSE: BA] has been awarded a $2.3 billion contract to build an additional 15 KC-46A Pegasus tankers. This contract, known as Lot 10, brings the total number of KC-46A multi-mission aerial refuelers on global contract to 153, marking a substantial increase in the fleet's capacity and capabilities.
Expanding the Fleet: A Strategic Enhancement
Lynn Fox, vice president and KC-46 program manager, expressed gratitude for the ongoing partnership with the U.S. Air Force. She emphasized the importance of the KC-46A fleet in the current global environment and Boeing's commitment to evolving the aircraft to meet changing mission needs. This expansion not only enhances the U.S. Air Force's capabilities but also signifies a strategic advancement in aerial refueling and military readiness.
Economic and Employment Impact
The KC-46A program is a significant contributor to the U.S. economy, involving a supplier network of approximately 37,000 American workers across more than 650 businesses in over 40 states. This program underscores the role of the aerospace sector in driving economic growth and job creation across the United States.
Multifaceted Capabilities of the KC-46A
The KC-46A Pegasus is more than just a tanker; it's a multi-mission aircraft that offers advanced capabilities for aerial refueling, cargo and passenger transportation, aeromedical evacuation support, and data connectivity at the tactical edge. Its ability to transmit and exchange data has earned it the reputation of a "game changer," facilitating rapid air mobility, global reach, and Agile Combat Employment.
Enhancements and Deliveries
Earlier this year, Boeing received a Block 1 upgrade contract from the Air Force, aimed at enhancing the aircraft’s data connectivity and situational awareness. To date, Boeing has delivered 76 KC-46As to the U.S. Air Force and two to the Japan Air Self-Defense Force, demonstrating the company's commitment to delivering cutting-edge aerospace solutions.
Boeing: A Global Aerospace Leader
Boeing, a leading global aerospace company, continues to develop, manufacture, and service commercial airplanes, defense products, and space systems for customers in over 150 countries. As a major U.S. exporter, Boeing plays a pivotal role in advancing economic opportunity, sustainability, and community impact worldwide. The company's commitment to innovation, sustainability, and a culture of safety, quality, and integrity remains at the forefront of its operations.