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KC-46 Pegasus
Latest update: July 2017

Company: Boeing Defense
Abbr.: Order and inventory status information: Abbr.: Order and inventory status information:
Order. No. of aircraft ordered. WFU No. of aircraft Withdrawn From Use.
Opt. No. of aircraft options. Sold No. of aircraft sold to another country.
Opp. No. of possible aircraft sales. Oth. D. No. of aircraft bought from another country.
Canc. No. of aircraft ordered cancelled. LS↓ No. of aircraft leased from another country.
Del. No. of aircraft delivered. LS ↑ No. of aircraft leased to another country.
On Or. No. of aircraft to be delivered. Act. No. of aircraft operational.
W/O No. of aircraft Written Off (crashed).    
Lease: When the no. of aircraft LS↓ and LS ↑ are equal the leased aircraft have been returned to the owner.

Order and production overview - aircraft totals
Country Order. Opt. Opp. Canc. Del. On Or. W/O WFU Sold Oth.D. LS↓ LS ↑ Act.
Japan 3         3             0
USA 38   141   4 34             4
Total 41   141   4 37             4

The KC-46A is based on the commercial Boeing B-767-2C aircraft. The aircraft are modified to fulfill the Multi Role Tanker Transport mission.

The numbers reported in the aircraft ordered column are based on the US DoD contract awards. See further comments below.


The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) approved the possible sale of four KC-46As and related equipment, training and support through FMS to the government of Japan on September 21, 2016. The Japanese Air Self Defense Force intends to purchase three aircraft. One KC-46A is budgetted in fiscal year 2017. A contract to Boeing by the US DoD for the purchase of the KC-46A has not been awarded yet. 404 Hikotai based at Komaki Air Base (Nagoya international airport) operates four KC-767J aircraft.

United States:

The USAF plans to purchase 179 KC-46As to replace the KC-10 and KC-135 aircraft in service.

For more information about the KC-46 Pegasus visit the following section(s).
Order and production overview - aircraft detailed
Country Aircraft Order. Opt. Opp. Canc. Del. On Or. W/O WFU Sold Oth.D. LS↓ LS ↑ Act.
Japan KC-46A 3         3             0
USA B767-2C 2       2 0             2
  KC-46A 36   141   2 34             2
Total   41   141   4 37             4

KC-46A production batches:

Country Type EMD Lot 1 Lot 2 Lot 3   Total
USA B767-2C 2         2
  KC-46A 2 7 12 15   36
Total   4 7 12 15   38

EMD: Engineering and manufacturing design.

Lot 1 - 3: equal to LRIP batches 1 to 3 and FY 15, FY 16 and FY 17.

Lot 1 and 2 were expected to be complete by Aug. 24, 2018. Lot 3 is exptected to be complete by July 30, 2019.

The US DoD - USAF budget requests 15 aircraft for FY 18 (lot 4). The same number of aircraft is planned to be requested for FY 19 - 20 (Lot 5 and 6).

United States:
Future operators
No Squadron Wing Air Base State Command No. a/c Del. Planned No. a/c cum.
1 56th ARS 97th AMW Altus AFB OK AETC 9 Aug '17 - Jan ' 18 9
2   22nd ARW McConnell KS AMC 9 Before 31.01.18 18
  924th ARS 931st ARW McConnell KS AFRC   Before 31.01.18  
3 133rd ARS 157th ARW Pease ANGB NH ANG 8 2018 26
4 77th ARS 916th ARW Seymour Johnson NC AFRC 8 2019 34
5   60th AMW Travis AFB CA AMC 24 FY 20 (Oct '19 - Sep '20) 58
6   305th AMW JB McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst NJ AMC 24 FY 20 (Oct '19 - Sep '20) 82

The delivery of the first KC-46A has been delayed a few times. The revised delivery plan was to deliver the first aircraft in August 2017. However as the test phase is delayed - airworthiness certifications not yet approved - the delivery schedule will see another setback. Boeing expects that it will deliver the first aircraft by December 2017 while the USAF forecasts it will receive the KC-46A not earlier then spring 2018.

The 97th AMW and 22nd ARW are the first wings to receive the KC-46A. The 931st ARW is a classic associate unit using aircraft from the 22nd ARW when required. Within the 931st ARW the 18th ARS is assigned the KC-135R. On April 2, 2017 the wing activated the 924th ARS which will become the first AFRC dedicated KC-46A squadron. The 924th ARS was operating the KC-135R when it was deactivated at Castle AFB, California in 1992.
More than 20 Pegasus aircraft will be assigned to McConnel AFB.

The aircraft numbers which will be operated by the squadrons were provided in press releases with the exception of the 157th ARW and 916th ARW. There the number of aircraft assigned to the wings are assummed.

In the latest round of Pegasus basing decisions both KC-10A wings, 60th and 305th AMWs currently operating 59 aircraft, have been selected to receive the KC-46A.
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