Tony Capaccio writes that the Defense Department is requesting $2.95 billion for fiscal 2016, $3.22 billion for fiscal 2017 and $3.1 billion for fiscal 2018 through 2020 for its KC-46 tanker program.
Capaccio also reports Boeing will shoulder a $1.5 billion excess cost for the development of the first four KC-46 jets and submit a revised production schedule in the next month.
Air Force acquisition chief William LaPlante told reporters in a recent interview that the service still expects Boeing to meet the August 2017 delivery date for the first batch of tankers.
Capaccio notes that DoD’s proposed five-year spending plan also includes $5.18 billion to Northrop Grumman for the Air Force Global Hawk and U.S. Navy Triton drones and $11.4 billion to Huntington Ingalls Industries and General Atomics for the USS John F. Kennedy and USS Enterprise aircraft carriers.
Lockheed Martin, AM General and Oshkosh are also bidding on a potential $5.59 billion contract to produce more than 10,000 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles for the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps, the report said.