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Boeing to build second KC-46 for Japan

13th December 2018 - 07:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Boeing announced on 10 December that it will supply the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s second KC-46 tanker following the exercise of a contract option by the US Air Force.

Boeing was awarded the initial Foreign Military Sales contract for Japan’s first KC-46 aircraft and logistics services in December 2017 following the Japan Ministry of Defense’s KC-X aerial refuelling competition.

The KC-46 is a multirole tanker designed to refuel all allied and coalition military aircraft compatible with international aerial refuelling procedures and can carry passengers, cargo and patients.

John Suding, global sales and marketing Asia regional executive, Boeing, said: ‘Japan is our first KC-46 international partner and we look forward to delivering this highly capable, multi-role tanker to the Japan Air Self-Defense Force. 

‘The KC-46 will be much easier to maintain than previous tankers, improving reliability and lowering life-cycle costs. It will be a valuable addition to Japan’s air mobility fleet for decades to come.’

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