Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
21 May 2005
Also Known As: KC-767J
Origin: United States of America
Parent System: KC-767
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2008
Maiden Flight: 21 May 2005
Total Production: 8
Description: The KC-767 is a derivative of proven Boeing 767 commercial transport designed to perform tanker and transport missions. It is equipped with both the boom-and-receptacle and the hose-and-drogue aerial refueling systems which will enable the KC-767 to refuel all US and allied nations aircraft.
The Italian Air Force was the launch customer for the KC-767 tanker with four aircraft ordered. In 2003, Japan purchased four KC-767s. The Japanese aircraft will be designated KC-767J. In 2004, the US Air Force achieved an agreement for the leasing of 100 KC-767s until 2017, but this deal was suspended due to concerns on contracting activities between the Department of Defense and Boeing. Many other Air Forces worldwide are interested in the KC-767 tanker and cargo aircraft.
Boeing 767 aerial refueling/transport aircraft ordered by Japan and Italy are powered by General Electric's CF6-80C2 turbofan engines.
The first Boeing KC-767A tanker transport aircraft, one of four aircraft ordered by Italy, was unveiled at Boeing's facility in Wichita, Kansas, on February 24, 2005. This aircraft underwent structural modifications to conduct air refueling and tactical transport missions in support of the Italian Air Force beginning in April 2006, when the aircraft is expected to be delivered after completing flight testing and certification. The maiden flight, which lasted for more than one hour, occurred at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kansas, on Saturday, May 21, 2005.
The early delivery estimate was set to Japan taking over its first KC-767 tanker in February and Italy its first tanker by mid-2006. Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) took over its first KC-767J tanker in February 2008.
On April 17, 2006 the Department of Defense granted the US Air Force with the authority to proceed with the KC-X tanker recapitalization program. Finally, the US Air Force awarded the new tanker contract to replace the KC-135 fleet to Northrop-Grumman KC-30/KC-45A aircraft on February 29, 2008.
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