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February 24, 2011

Boeing Wins US Air Force KC-X Refueling Aircraft Contract

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By: Matt Molnar
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Boeing NewGen Tanker
Artist's rendering of the Boeing NewGen Tanker. (Image courtesy of Boeing)
The Pentagon has announced that Boeing‘s bid for the KC-X aerial refueling program beat out the bid of Europe’s EADS.

Boeing’s 767 airliner-based NewGen Tanker design beat out the Airbus A330-based design put forward by EADS.

The Air Force deal, expected to be worth about $35 billion, will cover 175 production aircraft and 4 test platforms over the next 20 years.

The current fleet of Boeing KC-135 and McDonnell Douglas KC-10 refueling aircraft is about 30-40 years old.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=517255184 Jonathan Swifty Olas

    Much safer, time tested metal based design, using less plastic/carbon fiber technology, made in the USA, without the worry about foreign market pricing and labor instability, or wondering in the back of your mind, what might happen over the middle of the Atlantic, like the Air France Airbus 330 that vanished 2 years ago