According to Boeing the KC46A can refuel all Allied and coalition military aircraft compatible with international aerial refueling procedures and can carry passengers cargo and patients

According to Boeing, the KC-46A can refuel all Allied and coalition military aircraft compatible with international aerial refueling procedures, and can carry passengers, cargo, and patients.

$2.1-Billion Award to Boeing for 15 Refueling Jets

Boeing Defense, Space & Security (Boeing Co. IW500/9) has drawn a U.S. Air Force contract worth $2.1 billion for 15 KC-46A tanker aircraft, spare engines, and wing air refueling pod kits, representing the third low-rate initial production lot for the refueling aircraft. Last August, the USAF granted two LRIP contracts to Boeing, totaling $2.8-billion, for seven and 12 aircraft, respectively, plus spare parts.

"Placing an order for another 15 aircraft is another important milestone for the KC-46 program," according to Col. John Newberry, KC-46 System program manager. "I know the warfighter is excited about bringing this next generation capability into the inventory."

The KC-46 Pegasus was developed by Boeing for military aerial refueling and strategic military transport, and is based on the twin-engine, wide-body platform long occupied by the 767 passenger jet program.  In 2011, the design was selected by the USAF in a competition to replace its KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft.

In addition to refueling, the aircraft can be deployed for cargo or passenger (or patient) transport.

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