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Japan's first KC-46A tanker ordered

2nd January 2018 - 06:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Boeing has received a contract to deliver a KC-46A Pegasus tanker and logistics support to the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF), the company announced on 22 December.

The $279 million foreign military sales contract - placed via the US Air Force - marks the first international sale of the aircraft. The KC-46A will join the JASDF’s current fleet of four KC-767J tankers; the aircraft was selected by Japan in 2015.

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

The tanker aircraft features a main deck cargo door and strengthened cargo deck. The floor includes seat tracks and a cargo handling system which enables KC-46 to simultaneously carry palletised cargo, personnel and aeromedical equipment in a variety of combinations.

The fully-provisioned KC-46 tanker’s first flight took place in September 2015. Six test aircraft have now completed more than 2,200 flight hours and conducted refueling flights with several aircraft types.

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