Israel Ministry of Protection (IMOD) signed a Letter of Acceptance (LOA) for 2 Boeing KC-46 aerial refueling tanker plane, the ministry introduced.
In line with the IMOD assertion launched on Twitter, the LOA was signed over the weekend beginning the procurement program following the federal government’s approval of the Israel Protection Forces’ (IDF) acquisition plan. The brand new tankers are meant to exchange Israeli Air Pressure’s (IAF) growing old Re’em (transformed Boeing 707) tanker fleet.
With this procurement, Israel will change into the second worldwide KC-46 buyer after Japan which is now on contract for a complete of 4 KC-46s. The Japan Air Self-Protection Pressure’s (JASDF) first KC-46 performed its maiden flight on Jan. eight and the service is scheduled to obtain its first jet this yr.
Following gov. approval of the IDF acquisition plan, the MOD has begun to assemble procurement packages. These are carried out with US Army channels, using Overseas Army Financing. The primary LOA was signed over the weekend for the procurement of two Boeing Tanker Jets.half of pic.twitter.com/9vAE52G3a1
— Ministry of Protection (@Israel_MOD) February 22, 2021
The IMOD assertion added that comparable processes can be launched to accumulate a 3rd F-35I Adir squadron, new heavy carry helicopters to exchange the IAF’s CH-53 Yasur fleet, superior munitions and extra.
“The procurement plan based mostly on U.S. safety help is essential to strengthening the IAF and for the IDF’s QME (Qualitative Army Edge) within the a long time to come back”, the assertion added.
Boeing KC-46 Pegasus
The Boeing KC-46 Pegasus is a multirole aerial refueling tanker/transport plane developed by Boeing for the U.S. Air Pressure (USAF). The plane is derived from Boeing’s business 767 airframe.
The tanker is designed to refuel all allied and coalition army plane suitable with worldwide aerial refueling procedures and may carry passengers, cargo and sufferers.
The primary flight of the fully-provisioned KC-46 tanker passed off in September 2015. KC-46’s main operator, the USAF, took delivery of the first aircraft in 2020.