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Japan orders two more KC-46A airplanes

JASDF now slated for six tankers with two already delivered -DATA SHEET

Boeing has been awarded a contract to deliver two additional KC-46A Pegasus tankers to the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF), bringing the total on contract for Japan to six units. The US industry delivered the first KC-46A tanker to Japan in October 2021, and a second in February 2022.

Designed to refuel all allied and coalition military aircraft compatible with international aerial refueling procedures, the Pegasus has flown more than 10,000 sorties and is delivering millions of pounds of fuel every month to allied forces around the globe. In addition to refueling, the KC-46A delivers multi-mission capabilities necessary for the 21st century fleet, including data connectivity and personnel, cargo and aeromedical transportation.

The giant has delivered 67 KC-46A tankers, including 65 to the US Air Force and two to Japan. Built on the proven 767 airframe that has more than 1,200 delivered—and with more KC-46A aircraft operational globally than any tanker except the Boeing-built KC-135—the Pegasus also provides crucial mission reliability for global customers.

The contract was awarded by the US Air Force through the Foreign Military Sales process. The US company builds KC-46A aircraft for the US Air Force, the JASDF and other allied customers on its 767 production line in Everett, Washington. In addition, Boeing’s Japanese partners produce 16 percent of the KC-46A airframe structure. The JASDF also operates four earlier generation Boeing-built KC-767 aircraft.

The technical data sheet of the airplane is attached to this AVIONEWS.

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