The Boeing Co., Seattle, Washington, has been awarded USD5.7 billion indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for US Air Force’s (USAF’s) KC-46 Pegasus Combat Capability (PC2). This contract provides for a broad range of post-production related non-recurring and recurring requirements centered on user-directed and Federal Aviation Administration-mandated KC-46 air vehicle needs. Work will be performed in Seattle, Washington, and is expected to be complete by April 28, 2029.
Fiscal 2018 research, development, test, and evaluation funds in the amount of $9,121,895 are being obligated on the first delivery order at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8609-19-D-0007). The contract, which was announced by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 29 April, covers Pegasus Combat Capability (PC2) enhancements and is set to run until 28 April 2029. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition.
The Boeing KC-46 Pegasus is a military aerial refueling and strategic military transport aircraft developed by Boeing from its 767 jet airliner. In February 2011, the tanker was selected by the United States Air Force (USAF) as the winner in the KC-X tanker competition to replace older Boeing KC-135 Stratotankers. The Pegasus is a variant of the Boeing 767 and is a widebody, low-wing cantilever monoplane with a conventional tail unit featuring a single fin and rudder. The first aircraft was to be delivered to the Air Force in August 2017, but was delayed until 10 January 2019.
The Pegasus is powered by two Pratt & Whitney PW4062 engines, one mounted under each wing. The flightdeck has room for a crew of four with a forward crew compartment with seats for 15 crews members and in the rear fuselage either palletized passenger seating for 58, or 18 pallets in cargo configuration. The rear compartment can also be used in an aero-medical configuration for 54 patients (24 on litters). At the rear of the aircraft is a fly-by-wire refueling boom supplemented by Wing Air Refueling Pods at each wingtip and a Centreline Drogue System under the rear fuselage.