Boeing has begun building the first of two KC-46A Pegasus tanker-transport aircraft for Japan, the company announced on 17 September.
The loading of a 25 m-long wing spar into the company’s 767 production facility at Everett in Washington state marked a major milestone for the programme’s first, and to date only, export customer.
Boeing was awarded a Foreign Military Sale (FMS) contract for one KC-46A aircraft and logistics services for Japan in December 2017. The US Air Force (USAF) exercised an option for Japan’s second aircraft in December 2018.
Japan selected the KC-46A under its KC-X aerial refuelling competition in October 2015.
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