Japan has selected Boeing’s KC-46A air refueling tanker for its air force and will buy three of the jets. It’s the first international sale for Boeing’s tanker.
Japanese Defense Minister Gen Nakataniannounced Friday that Japan will buy three Boeing KC-46A air refueling tankers for its air force.
Kyodo News reported that the contract is worth $173 million per tanker.
Boeing released a statement welcoming the deal and pledging to “continue our enduring partnership with Japan.”
This is the first overseas sale of the Boeing tanker.
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Airbus’ rival tanker, based on its A330 commercial jet, has won orders from the Air Forces of Australia, France, the U.K., the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Singapore and most recently South Korea.
Japan plans to deploy the tanker in 2020.