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Boeing receives $2.1 billion contract mod for KC-46 production

By Ryan Maass
Boeing has been contacted to provide 15 KC-46 military refueling aircraft for the U.S. Air Force. Pictured: Boeing's KC-46 refuels a C-17 Globemaster III during a compatibility test. U.S. Air Force photo by Christopher Okula
Boeing has been contacted to provide 15 KC-46 military refueling aircraft for the U.S. Air Force. Pictured: Boeing's KC-46 refuels a C-17 Globemaster III during a compatibility test. U.S. Air Force photo by Christopher Okula

Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Boeing has received a $2.1 billion contract modification to produce 15 KC-46 Pegasus aircraft for the U.S. Air Force.

Under the modification, Boeing will provide the branch with 15 of the new military refueling aircraft in addition to two spare engines, five wing refueling pod kits, and data.

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According to the U.S. Department of Defense, the work will be performed at Seattle, Wa., and is expected to be complete by the end of July 2019.

The company received all funding at the time of the modification award. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is listed as the contracting activity.

Boeing's KC-46 Pegasus is a military aircraft designed for aerial refueling in addition to transport of personnel and cargo. The plane was adapted for military service from the company's commercial 767 jet airliner.

The aircraft is built to be crewed by 15 personnel, and is equipped with high-resolution stereoscopic boom cameras with a 185-degree panoramic field of view.

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