Japan orders two more Boeing KC-46 Pegasus tankers

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The Japanese Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) ordered two more Boeing KC-46A Pegasus tanker aircraft, adding to its previous order of four. 

According to a statement by the US Department of Defense, the contract is worth over $398 million, with the deliveries expected by 2030. 

โ€œThis additional KC-46A acquisition reinforces the US-Japan security alliance to support security and stability throughout the Pacific region,โ€ Will Shaffer, president of Boeing Japan, is quoted as saying in the companyโ€™s press release. 

Japan ordered its first four KC-46s in 2016 becoming the tankerโ€™s first international customer. Two of them were delivered in 2021 and 2022. 

Widely criticized, marred by technical deficiencies, and highly unprofitable for Boeing, the KC-46 nonetheless received some attention on the international market, racking up orders from Japan and Israel, while several other countries considered purchasing it. 

 

 

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