USAF orders more KC-46A tanker aircraft
Boeing will supply 15 additional KC-46A tanker aircraft, spare engines and wing air refuelling pod kits to the US Air Force under a $2.1 billion order announced on 27 January.
This order is the third low-rate initial production lot for Boeing under the KC-46A programme. The first two were issued in August 2016 and included seven and 12 planes, respectively, as well as spare parts.
Mike Gibbons, KC-46A vice president and program manager, Boeing, said: ‘This award is great news for the joint Boeing-air force team and reinforces the need for this highly efficient and capable tanker aircraft.’
The KC-46A is a multi-role tanker that can refuel allied and coalition military aircraft compatible with international aerial refuelling procedures and can carry passengers, cargo and patients.
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