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Boeing grabs delivery and support contract for Japanese KC-46As
Boeing has obtained a firm-fixed-price contract modification for delivery and support of KC-46A Pegasus aircraft in Japanese service.
Work on the $18.24 million modification is expected to be completed at Miho Air Base by 31 October 2022, the DoD announced on 28 May.
This deal brings to $898.67 million the total cumulative face value of the KC-46 contract to Boeing.
The modification covers six months of setup and 12 months of post-delivery support services for the first two aircraft delivered to Japan.
The KC-46A is a multirole tanker that is designed to refuel military aircraft via a boom or drogue system. It is also intended for use carrying passengers, cargo and patients.
According to Shephard Defence Insight, Japan is the KC-46 programme’s first international customer. The two KC-46As will join the JASDF’s current fleet of four KC-767J tankers.
Japan is seeking to purchase a further four KC-46A aircraft. The latest Japanese defence budget request includes a line for an additional $1.05 billion to fund the four additional aircraft.
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