Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
25 January 2019
25 September 2015
Also Known As: KC-X and NewGen Tanker
Origin: United States of America
Boeing*, Cobham, DRS Laurel Technologies, Eaton Corporation, GE Aviation Systems, Goodrich Corporation, Honeywell, Moog Inc., Northrop Grumman, Parker Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney, Raytheon, Rockwell Collins, Spirit AeroSystems, Triumph Aerostructures and Woodward (*) lead contractor
Parent System: KC-46 Pegasus
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 25 January 2019
Maiden Flight: 25 September 2015
Total Production: 180
Total Cost: USD$49 billion
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Description: The United States Air Force (USAF) KC-46A Pegasus is a tanker aircraft derived from the Boeing 767 wide-body airliner and has been designed as the replacement for the KC-135 Stratotanker. The aircraft has been designed to meet the USAF's needs for transport of fuel, cargo, passengers and patients. Boeing's NewGen Tanker, now KC-46A, was announced as the winner for the KC-X tanker replacement program on February 24, 2011. The USAF awarded a $3.5 engineering and manufacturing development billion contract to Boeing for18 KC-46A aircraft to be delivered by 2017. The USAF program's scope is to procure up to 179 tankers replacing the aging KC-135s.
The KC-46A Pegasus multi-mission tanker aircraft will be powered by two Pratt & Whiteny PW4062 turbofan engines and . The aircraft will also include state-of-the-art systems, including a digital flight deck featuring Boeing 787 Dreamliner electronic displays and a flight control design philosophy that places aircrews in command rather than allowing computer software to limit combat maneuverability. Besides, the KC-46A will feature an advanced KC-10 boom with an expanded refueling envelope, increased fuel offload rate and fly-by-wire control system.
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