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Wed, 18 Sep 2019

Japanís First Boeing KC-46 Enters Final Assembly

Japanís first KC-46 next-generation tanker has entered final assembly.

Boeing was awarded a Foreign Military Sale contract for one KC-46A aircraft and logistics services in December 2017. The U.S. Air Force exercised an option for Japanís second aircraft in December 2018.

Boeing is assembling KC-46A aircraft for both the U.S. Air Force and Japan on its 767 production line in Everett. Following initial assembly, workers install the tankerís military unique systems at the siteís Modification Center. The jets are then flight tested at Boeing Field prior to delivery.

Japanís first KC-46 next-generation tanker has entered final assembly. Click to enlarge.

ďThis is an exciting day for the program and we look forward to building and delivering these multi-role tankers to the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF),Ē said Jamie Burgess, Boeing vice president and KC-46 program manager. ďFrom the enhanced flight deck to the modernized boom, this tanker will provide unmatched capabilities for Japan.Ē

Boeing began developing the KC-46A for the U.S. Air Force in 2011 and delivered the first tanker in January 2019. Japan is the programís first international customer. Deliveries to the JASDF will begin in 2021.

The KC-46 will be a force multiplier in the U.S.-Japanese defense alliance, certified to refuel all U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy and JASDF aircraft safely and efficiently. The aircraft is designed to carry passengers, cargo and patients.

The KC-46A is a derivative of the commercial 767-2C, a proven airframe in service as an airliner and freighter. Boeing has delivered more than 1,150 767s worldwide.

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