The U.S. Air Force awarded Boeing a $1.7 billion contract for 12 KC-46A tanker aircraft. With this sixth production lot, Boeing is now on contract for 79 KC-46A tankers.
The company delivered the first KC-46A to the Air Force in January 2019. Since then, Boeing has delivered 42 tankers to four different bases.
“The investments Boeing is making in the most advanced aerial refueling weapons system today will benefit generations of service members,” said Jamie Burgess, Boeing KC-46 tanker vice president and program manager. “The partnership between Boeing and the Air Force will also produce additional KC-46 innovations that will carry the warfighter well into the future.”
The KC-46A, based on the 767-2C commercial airplane, is a multirole tanker designed to refuel allied and coalition military aircraft and also carry passengers, cargo and patients. Boeing is assembling KC-46A aircraft at its Everett, Wash. facility where it also continues production of the KC-46 tanker for Japan.