Boeing receives contract to build next-gen refueling tanker (video)

  • 14-Mar-2011 12:54 EDT
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Boeing has received a contract from the U.S. Air Force to build the next-generation aerial refueling tanker aircraft that will replace 179 of the service’s 400 KC-135 tankers. In this artist’s conception, a Boeing KC-46A prepares to refuel a B-1B bomber in flight.

The Boeing Co. received a contract from the U.S. Air Force to build the next-generation aerial refueling tanker aircraft that will replace 179 of the service's 400 KC-135 tankers. (To view a video about the announcement, click here.) The contract calls for Boeing to design, develop, manufacture, and deliver 18 initial combat-ready tankers by 2017. The KC-46A tankers will be built using a low-risk approach to manufacturing at existing Boeing facilities. The KC-46A tanker will support approximately 50,000 total U.S. jobs with Boeing and more than 800 suppliers in more than 40 states. Based on the proven Boeing 767 commercial airplane, the KC-46A Tanker is a widebody, multimission aircraft updated with the latest and most advanced technology and capable of meeting or exceeding the USAF's needs for transport of fuel, cargo, passengers, and patients.

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