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Japan to receive one KC-46A tanker

December 26, 2017 at 4:16 PM

The Pentagon announced late last week Boeing has been awarded a nearly $280 million contract for one KC-46A tanker aircraft for Japan, marking the first international sale of the aircraft.

“This contract provides for non-recurring engineering, integrated logistics support and one KC-46A aircraft modified to the Japan foreign military sales (FMS) configuration,” the Defense Department said Friday, adding that the work will be performed in Seattle, WA and is expected to be complete Feb. 28, 2021.

“This contract involves 100 percent FMS to Japan, and is the result of a sole-source acquisition,” the Pentagon added.

In a statement, Boeing called the sale a “milestone order.”

The State Department last year approved selling the Boeing aerial refueling aircraft to Japan through a foreign military sale.