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Japan orders additional KC-46A tankers

2nd December 2022 - 13:00 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch

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Japan is boosting its KC-46A tanker fleet up to six thanks to the latest contract award. (Photo: Boeing)

Japan is enlarging its KC-46A Pegasus tanker fleet after signing a fresh contract with Boeing.

On 29 November, the US DoD announced the sale of an additional two KC-46A Pegasus air-to-air refuellers for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF).

The latest contract is worth $398.24 million. This brings to six the number of tankers on order, with their cumulative contractual value coming to $1.31 billion.

The US announcement listed a delivery deadline of 30 June 2025 for the Foreign Military Sales deal that will proceed via the USAF.

Will Shaffer, president of Boeing Japan, commented: ‘This additional KC-46A acquisition reinforces the US-Japan security alliance to support security and stability throughout the Pacific region.’

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Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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