Japan selected Boeing’s KC-46A Pegasus to augment the Japan Air Self Defense Force’s existing tanker fleet, becoming Pegasus’ first export customer, Japan’s Ministry of Defense stated in a release. “We look forward to working alongside the US g?overnment to help Japan expand its aerial refueling capabilities with Boeing’s next-generation KC-46 tanker,” Boeing wrote in a statement to Air Force Magazine, Oct. 27. The JASDF currently operates a fleet of four KC-767s and plans to purchase three KC-46As to expand its aerial refueling capacity. Japan’s existing tankers were delivered through 2010, and are based on a slightly shorter variant of Boeing’s 767. Airbus declined to offer its A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport in Japan’s KC-X competition, citing selection criteria that favored Boeing’s design, reported Flight Global. The fully provisioned KC-46 made its maiden flight in September. The US is also providing six surplus KC-130R tankers, refurbished from storage at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., under a separate foreign military sales deal.
May 23, 2022
The Department of the Air Force announced the retirements of several key leaders within the Air Force and Space Force on May 23, while also unveiling more than a dozen new assignments for current or future one-star generals.