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.
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.