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Boeing, Air Force Agree on Final KC-46A Design

Boeing Logo w-borderBoeing (NYSE: BA) and the U.S. Air Force have agreed on the final design of the company’s KC-46A tanker jet after months of component and subsystem reviews and a three-day weapon system critical design review in July.

The company intends to deliver 179 total tankers to the Air Force, as well as hand over 18 combat-ready tankers and build four test aircraft by 2017,  Boeing said Wednesday.

“I’m pleased to report that the design of the KC-46A tanker has been locked down, ” said Maj. Gen. John Thompson, the Air Force’s program executive officer for tankers.

Boeing started building the wing for the first tanker aircraft in June.

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