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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 South Korean, beating competing offers from its U.S. rival, Boeing, and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI).
Boeing and the U.S. Air Force successfully completed the first flight of the KC-46 tanker test program Sunday 28 December 2014. The plane, a Boeing 767-2C, took off from Paine Field, Wash., at 9:29 a.m. (PST) and landed three hours and 32 minutes later at Boeing Field. The 767-2Cs enter flight test as commercial freighters prior to receiving their aerial refuelling systems, while the KC-46s will fly as fully equipped tankers through the FAA and military certification process.
Airbus Defence and Space has been selected by the French Ministry of Defence to supply 12 A330 MRTT new generation air-to-air refuelling aircraft for the French Air Force. The first delivery of the first "Phoenix" is foreseen for 2018, followed by the second in 2019, and then at a rate of one or two per year.
“Heads of State and Government yesterday highlighted the importance of an effective Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) for the security of European citizens,...