Boeing announces major supplier team for KC-46 refueling tanker

Spirit AeroSystems was part of the team of major suppliers selected to supply the KC-46 aerial refueling tanker, Boeing announced this morning.

Spirit will supply the forward fuselage section, strut and nacelle components, including the inlet, fan cowl and core cowl, and the fixed fan duct from its Wichita site. Spirit’s plant in Prestwick, Scotland, will supply the fixed leading edge.

Other suppliers include Cobham, DRS Laurel Technologies, Eaton Aerospace, GE Aviation Systems, Goodrich, Honeywell, Moog, Northrop Grumman, Parker Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney, Raytheon Co., Rockwell Collins, Triumph Group and Woodward Inc.

The U.S. Air Force selected Boeing over EADS as the winner of a contract to replace 179 Eisenhower-era KC-135 aerial refueling tankers.

Boeing is to deliver 18 combat-ready tankers in 78 months.

The tanker team will include more than 800 suppliers in more than 40 states.