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Japanese KC-46A?

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Announced today:

 

The Boeing Co., Defense, Space & Security, Seattle, Washington, has been awarded a $288,681,573 firm-fixed-price contract for one KC-46A aircraft for Japan. The face value is not-to-exceed $19,786,279. This contract provides for non-recurring engineering, integrated logistics support and one KC-46A aircraft modified to the Japan foreign military sales (FMS) configuration.  Work will be performed in Seattle, Washington, with an expected completion date of Feb. 28, 2021.  This contract involves 100 percent FMS to Japan, and is the result of a sole-source acquisition. FMS funds in the amount of $278,590,571 are being obligated at the time of award. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8609-18-G-0002/FA8609-18-F-0006).

 

Presumably more than one aircraft will be required, or is this some sort of development effort?

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They have congressional approval for four KC-46s - note that these are very (very) different to the current KC-767J that the JASDF has in service. 

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