Boeing begins assembling first KC-46A tanker for Japan

An 82.4-foot long 767 wing spar is loaded into a tool in Boeing’s Everett, Wash., factory ©Boeing

On September 13 the Boeing KC-46 team began assembling Japan’s first next-generation tanker, loading an 82.4-foot (25 meters) -long wing spar in the company’s 767 production facility.

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 Japan’s second aircraft in December 2018.

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 program’s first international customer. Deliveries to the JASDF will begin in 2021.

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.

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