KC-46 tanker production lot
The US Air Force has awarded Boeing $2.1 billion for 15 KC-46A tanker aircraft, spare engines and wing air refuelling pod kits.
This order is the third low-rate initial production lot for the Boeing KC-46A tanker. The first two came in August 2016 and were for seven and 12 aircraft, respectively, as well as spare parts.
Boeing plans to build 179 of the 767-based refueling aircraft for the Air Force to replace its legacy tanker fleet. Tanker deliveries will begin later this year.
Boeing received an initial contract in 2011 to design and develop the US Air Force’s next-generation tanker aircraft. As part of that contract, Boeing built four test aircraft – two configured as 767-2Cs and two as KC-46A tankers. Those test aircraft, along with the first production plane, have completed nearly 1,500 flight hours to date.
Boeing assembles KC-46 tanker aircraft at its Everett, Washington, facility.