September 10, 2018 / 9:17 PM / a year ago

Boeing wins $2.9 billion U.S. defense contract: Pentagon

FILE PHOTO: The Boeing Company logo is projected on a wall at the "What's Next?" conference in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., October 4, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Boeing Co has been awarded a $2.9 billion modification to a U.S. defense contract for KC-46 aircraft, the Pentagon said in a statement on Monday.

The contract modification provides for the exercise of an option for an additional 18 KC-46 aircraft, plus two spare engines, five wing refueling pod kits, initial spares and support equipment being produced under the basic contract, the statement said.

Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Mohammad Zargham

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