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Monday, June 30, 2014

Boeing Enters Korean Air Tanker Competition

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[Aviation Today June 30, 2014] Boeing has entered its next generation aerial refueling tanker, the KC-46A, into the open competition for the Republic of Korea's search for its first tanker squadron.  Korea plans to acquire four aircraft for the squadron.  

Korea's Defense and Acquisition Program Administration is looking to complete the competition by the end of the year, Boeing 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," said Eric John, president of Boeing Korea. 

The KC-46A is based on the Boeing 767-200ER commercial airframe, and will serve as the replacement for the U.S. Air Force's fleet of KC-135s, beginning in 2017.  

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