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Boeing has been awarded a $288 million contract for one aerial refueling KC-46A aircraft for Japan.

The face value is not-to-exceed $19.7 million. This contract provides for non-recurring engineering, integrated logistics support and one KC-46A aircraft modified to the Japan foreign military sales (FMS) configuration, the US Department of Defense stated.

The Israeli Air Force has been examining the aircraft as a replacement for the old Boeing 707 tankers.

According to, Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force plans to acquire four new KC-46A aerial refueling aircraft for $1.9 billion. The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency had approved a sale of four aircraft along with one additional spare PW4062 engine.

Each aircraft will be delivered with GPS capability and defensive systems installed plus spares, to include: Raytheon’s ALR-69A Radar Warning Receiver (RWR), Raytheon’s Miniaturized Airborne GPS Receiver (MAGR) 2000 to provide GPS Selective Availability AntiSpoofing Module SAASM capability, and Northrop Grumman’s AN/AAQ-24(V) Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) system. Work is expected to be completed by 2021.