June 30, 2014
Boeing offers Next-Generation KC-46 Tanker in Republic of Korea competition
Boeing formally offered to the Republic of Korea (ROK) the KC-46, the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation tanker, as Korea prepares to acquire four aircraft for its first tanker squadron. Boeing made the offer in response to Korea’s request for proposals for an aerial refueling tanker. Korea’s Defense Acquisition and Program Administration is expected to complete its competition by the end of this year. The KC-46 leverages Boeing’s 75 years of expertise with air refueling systems. In addition to its refueling mission, it can transport cargo, passengers and support aeromedical evacuations. Boeing will build and deliver to the U.S. Air Force 179 KC-46As by 2027 if all options under the contract are exercised.