Published: Mar. 2, 2011
By Amy Butler
David Van Buren, the U.S. Air Force’s top acquisition executive, says that the contract with Boeing to develop the KC-46A aerial refueler has been signed, marking a major step in the Air Force’s decade-long pursuit of a KC-135 replacement.
Boeing, which won the $3.5 billion contract after more than a year of competition since the Air Force released its KC-X request for proposals, declined to say whether work has begun. The Air Force on Feb. 24 announced that the company’s 767-based KC-46A won over EADS North America’s A330-based option (Aerospace DAILY, Feb. 25).