Boeing has been awarded a $2,6 billion modification to previously awarded contract for Lot 5 production of KC-46 widebody, multirole tankers, initial spares, and support equipment. The contract modification provides for the exercise of an option for an additional quantity of 15 KC-46 aircraft, data, two spare engines, five wing refuelling pod kits, initial spares, support equipment, subscriptions and licenses, and G081 flat file being produced under the basic contract.
Work will be performed in Seattle, Washington, and is expected to be completed by March 2023. Fiscal 2017 aircraft procurement funds in the amount of $112,9 million, fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement funds in the amount of $363,1 million and fiscal 2019 aircraft procurement funds in the amount of $2,1 billion are being obligated at the time of award.
According to the USAF, ‘the KC-46A represents the beginning of a new era in air-to-air refuelling capability for the joint force. The aircraft has been in development since Feb. 24, 2011, and its initial flight occurred in Dec. 2014. The current contract, with options, provides Air Mobility Command an inventory of 179 KC-46A tankers. The first KC-46A was delivered to McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas on Jan. 25, 2019’.