Boeing has clinched a $2.3 billion contract for 15 additional KC-46A Pegasus tankers in a Lot 10 deal awarded by the U.S. Department of Defense.
With this contract, the global total for KC-46As on order rises to 153 units. The U.S. Air Force has taken 76 out of its total order of 179 tankers.
Boeing's recent promotion of the 767-derivative at the Dubai air show garnered interest in the Middle East.
In addition to the KC-46A contract, Boeing secured a $9.3 million deal for post-production support for Saudi Arabia's AH-6I light attack helicopters. Cirium fleets data indicates Saudi Arabia operates 23 AH-6Is.
Boeing's Lot 10 contract involves the manufacture of 15 KC-46A Pegasus tankers. The KC-46A's capabilities include aerial refueling, cargo and passenger transport, aeromedical evacuation support, and advanced data connectivity. Boeing is working on enhancing the tanker's battlespace network capabilities, including integration with the Advanced Battle Management System.
Boeing has delivered 69 KC-46A tankers to the U.S. Air Force, two to the Japan Air Self-Defense Force, and has a contract for four units with the Israel Air Force. The awarding of the Lot 10 deal brings the total number of contracted KC-46A multi-mission aerial refuelers to 153 worldwide.