Boeing offered KC-46, tanker, to the Republic of Korea (ROK) ahead of Korea acquiring four aircraft for its first tanker squadron.
Eric John, president of Boeing Korea said, “With the KC-46, Korea will acquire a force-multiplier and the ability to operate seamlessly with the U.S. Air Force during combat and humanitarian relief operations.”
Boeing made the offer in response to Korea’s request for proposals for an aerial refueling tanker. Korea’s Defense Acquisition and Program Administration are expected to complete its competition by the end of this year.
The KC-46, tanker, in addition to its refueling mission, it can transport cargo, passengers and support aero medical 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.
The KC-46 can operate in chemical, biological and nuclear conditions, features cockpit armor for protection from small arms fire, and can also operate from a variety of smaller airfields and forward-deployed austere bases.