Thursday, August 4, 2016
Tinker Air Force Base broke ground on its KC-46A Sustainment Complex on July 26, ushering in the next generation of the Air Force’s aerial refueling aircraft. The Complex is located on 158 acres of land formerly owned by Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Co. The Chamber spearheaded several months of negotiations for Tinker to acquire the land, which was finalized in early 2015.
The Sustainment Center will bring more than 1,300 jobs to Oklahoma City and will allow the U.S. Air Force to replace its aging tanker fleet of KC-135 Stratotankers. Replacing the Eisenhower-era aircraft with the modernized KC-46A Pegasus will support the Air Force’s goal of global reach for America.
“While you view the KC-46 as something that is extraordinary for Tinker Air Force Base—and it is—I view it as something extraordinary for the Air Force and for the United States of America.” said Lt. Gen. Lee Levy, commander of the Air Force Sustainment Center, Air Force Material Command, Tinker AFB, at the groundbreaking event.
With more refueling capacity and enhanced capabilities, improved efficiency and increased capabilities for cargo and aeromedical evacuation, the KC-46A will provide aerial refueling support to the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and allied nation coalition force aircraft. The Boeing Company is the prime contractor for this project, and under their current contract, they will provide the Air Mobility Command with an inventory of 179 KC-46 tankers.