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Pentagon gives Boeing $2.1B tanker contract

The KC-46A is a multirole tanker that can refuel allied and coalition military aircraft and also carry passengers, cargo and patients. (Boeing photo)
The KC-46A is a multirole tanker that can refuel allied and coalition military aircraft and also carry passengers, cargo and patients. (Boeing photo)

By Jillian Stampher and Alan Boyle

Boeing has won a $2.1 billion contract to build more tanker planes for the U.S. Air Force, the manufacturer and the Pentagon announced today.

Under the deal, Boeing will build 15 KC-46A tanker aircraft, plus spare engines and wing air refueling pod kits. It’s the third low-rate initial production order for the company. The first two orders were for seven and 12 planes.

“This award is great news for the joint Boeing-Air Force team and reinforces the need for this highly efficient and capable tanker aircraft,” Mike Gibbons, Boeing’s KC-46A tanker vice president and program manager, said in a statement.

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By Alan Boyle

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