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Air Force awards Boeing $3.1 billion for new KC-46s

Air Force's Boeing KC-46 tankers (Ken Fielding/WikiCommons)
September 03, 2022

The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base awarded Boeing Co. a total of $3.1 billion to produce KC-46 aircraft for the U.S. Air Force and Israel.

Boeing has been awarded a $2,214,952,163 modification to an existing contract for 15 KC-46A Air Force Production Lot 8 aircraft, subscriptions and licenses, the Department of Defense said Wednesday.

Also, Boeing been awarded a not-to-exceed $927,492,124 undefinitized contract for four KC-46A aircraft for Israel.

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Work will be performed in Seattle, and is expected to be completed by the end of November 2025.

Fiscal 2021 aircraft procurement funds in the amount of $147,540,041; and fiscal 2022 aircraft procurement funds in the amount of just over $2 billion are being obligated at the time of award.

It’s a high-profile contract for the Air Force. Gen. Duke Z. Richardson, today’s commander of Air Force Materiel Command at Wright-Patterson, once led the tanker directorate at Wright-Patterson in charge of the KC-46 program, shepherding at one time a one-for-one replacement of the entire tanker fleet of 455 fuel-hauling jets, with plans to build even more.

“It’s very important the KC-46 schedule delays resolve themselves,” then-Brig. Gen. Richardson told the Dayton Daily News in October 2016. “We’re pushing very hard.”


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