The KC-46A Pegasus sits on the flightline at Altus
AFB, Okla., Feb. 8, 2019. Air Force photo by TSgt. Samantha
The Air Force on Monday awarded Boeing another $5.7 billion for 10 years of work on the KC-46 tanker.
The contract for KC-46 Pegasus combat capability covers a “broad range” of post-production, non-recurring and recurring requirements focused on user-directed and Federal Aviation Administration-mandated needs, according to a Pentagon release.
Work is expected to last until April 28, 2029, and will cover currently undisclosed enhanced capabilities for the aircraft.
The contract comes as the service and Boeing are still working through deficiencies related to the aircraft’s remote vision system and refueling boom.
The Air Force on April 20 began receiving KC-46s again after the second delivery pause due to debris found inside the aircraft. As part of the pause, the Air Force and Boeing agreed to a new inspection process to ensure foreign object debris is not left in the aircraft.
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