Air Force awards $2.3B to Boeing to build additional KC-46A

By Apurva Minchekar / November 30, 2023 at 12:17 PM

The Air Force has awarded Boeing a $2.3 billion contract to build additional KC-46 tanker aircraft, according to a Nov. 28 announcement.

Under the contract, Boeing will be responsible for developing 15 KC-46 aircraft by July 31, 2027, and the work will be performed in Seattle, WA.

Boeing, in its statement, said the KC-46A is transforming the role of tanker aircraft, noting: “The KC-46A Pegasus has already been called a ‘game changer’ for its ability to transmit and exchange data, enabling rapid air mobility, global reach and Agile Combat Employment.”

The company highlighted that it has already delivered 76 KC-46As to the U.S. Air Force and two to the Japan Air Self-Defense Force.