Airbus Defense and Space has won a US$1.3 billion (1.488 trillion won) tender for the supply of four aerial refueling tankers for Southn, beating competing offers from its U.S. rival, , and (IAI).
Under the deal, Airbus will supply four-200 in-flight refueling aircraft to the South n military by 2019.
Southevaluated three options for its aerial refuelers: offering commercial 767, converted to multi-mission military refueling and transport missions; Boeing offered the KC-46, a new-built B767 refueling platform, developed for the US Air Force. Airbus proposed the military derivative of the commercial -200 based Multi-Role Tanker Transport, ( ).
The Airbus model is currently competing for a similar Indian Air Force tender and has already been selected by Australia, Britain, the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Singapore.