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Saturday, January 19 Business

Pentagon approves $44B jet with Connecticut-built engines

The U.S. Air Force accepted the first delivery of Boeing’s new Pegasus aerial tanker, with the intent of purchasing nearly 180 aircraft each equipped with two jet engines built by the East Hartford-based Pratt & Whitney subsidiary of United Technologies.

The Boeing KC-46 Pegasus program could reach $44 billion in total revenues for Boeing, with the plane slated to replace the Air Force’s existing fleet of KC-135 Stratotankers. According to Bloomberg News, the program had been delayed after technical problems with cameras used to assist in aerial refueling.

Boeing is equipping the jets with Pratt & Whitney’s PW4062 engine, part of a new generation of engines that competes with those from the Evendale, Ohio-based GE Aviation division of General Electric and with the United Kingdom-based Rolls Royce.

Alex.Soule@scni.com; 203-842-2545; @casoulman

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