Boeing has been the primary or associate provider of maintenance, logistics, and spares support for the KC-10 and KC-135 tankers since delivery to the U.S. Air Force. Tanker support continues with the KC-46A tanker, with Boeing responsible for repairs, logistics support and engine management.
The KC-135 Stratotanker’s aerial refueling capability enables the U.S. Air Force’s global reach, providing support to Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and allied nation aircraft. It is highly versatile, with the capability to transport personnel and complete medevac missions. It can carry up to 83,000 pounds of cargo. Boeing’s onsite teams and global experts provide sustainment, parts, maintenance, and modernization support to the U.S. Air Force’s KC-135 fleet, ensuring mission readiness and extend its service life. The Air Force has completed studies that indicate the Stratotanker can remain in service beyond 2040. The first KC-135 entered service in 1957.
Enabling increased mobility for U.S. armed forces, the KC-10 Extender’s primary mission is aerial refueling, but can also serve as a cargo aircraft. It has been used to simultaneously carry fighter support personnel and equipment, while completing mission-critical refueling. The Air Force has also used the KC-10 to perform aeromedical operations. It has six refueling tanks that carry up to 356,000 pounds of fuel – almost twice as much as the KC-135’s refueling capacity. Boeing provides sustainment engineering, parts support, scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, as well as modernization upgrades to ensure the Extender is ready when needed and enhance its operational capability. The first KC-10 entered service in 1981.
The KC-46A Pegasus is a widebody, multirole tanker that can refuel all U.S., allied and coalition military aircraft compatible with international aerial refueling procedures. Boeing designed the KC-46 to carry passengers, cargo and patients. The aircraft can detect, avoid, defeat and survive threats using multiple layers of protection, which will enable it to operate safely in medium-threat environments. In addition to standing up base operations on behalf of our customer, Boeing onsite experts provide maintenance training to help support frontline maintainers. Boeing also provides a full suite of logistics products and services designed to maximize performance, minimize lifecycle costs and ensure aircraft readiness.