South Korea plans $1.3-billion tanker aircraft buy to boost air defense

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SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea on Monday kicked off the process to buy four in-flight refueling tanker aircraft, in a deal seen to be worth around 1.4 trillion won ($1.31 billion), with planemakers Boeing and Airbus expected to compete, sources said.

The purchase is part of South Korea's attempts to bolster its air defense in the face of rising tension in Northeast Asia over the maritime interests of neighbors such as Japan and China, as well as against an unpredictable North Korea.

The purchase will be made through a competitive bid process and bids will be accepted by June 30, arms purchase agency the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said in a statement.

Boeing Co is expected to bid with a model that is based on a Boeing 767-level aircraft such as the KC-46 Pegasus, while Airbus Group NV is expected to enter its A330 multi-role tanker transport, two industry sources told Reuters.

Other firms could also decide to compete with commercial aircraft overhauled as tankers, the sources said.

DAPA will hold a closed briefing on April 8 to explain its requirement to interested companies. South Korea seeks to close a deal by the end of this year, a source with direct knowledge of its requirements said.

South Korea expects the purchase will boost its fighter jets' airborne operation time by more than an hour, the source added.

All the sources declined to be identified, citing the confidentiality of the procurement process. ($1=1,069.30 Korean won)

(Reporting by Joyce Lee; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

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tomas85225 wrote:
The A330 MRTT / KC-30A VS. the Kc-767 / Kc-46

Koran, Japan and Italy are supplier to Boeing on commercial aircraft’s

The Kc-46 only now having parts made, and no flight test aircraft has been assembly and the Kc-46 has yet to entry into the two years flight test program
Boeing build 9 767 export tanker and only sold eight, four to Japan Kc-767, four Italian Kc-767
the 9th kc-767 has gone unsold and was park at pain field in Everett that has been cut up
http://www.aviationweek.com/Blogs.aspx?plckBlogId=Blog:27ec4a53-dcc8-42d0-bd3a-01329aef79a7&plckPostId=Blog:27ec4a53-dcc8-42d0-bd3a-01329aef79a7Post:f0e883a3-0080-496c-b099-6b2e19b76426

Boeing took 8 eight to design, build and delivers 767 tanker to Japan and Italian
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/27/boeing-tanker-idUSL2E8EQJ1720120327

Japan rejects 767 tankers
www.heraldnet.com/article/20070519/NEWS01/705190744
Boeing Fixes Italian Tanker
www.militaryphotos.net/forums/…124285-Boeing-Fixes-Italian-Tanker
The 767-400ER Tanker Conundrum – FlightBlogger – Aviation News …
www.flightglobal.com/blogs/flightblogger/…/the_767400er_tanker_
conundrum/
The A330 MRTT is production and has been delivery to several counties
The Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) is an aerial refueling tanker aircraft based on the civilian Airbus A330.
The A330 MRTT has been ordered by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), Royal Air Force (RAF), United Arab Emirates Air Force, Royal Saudi Air Force and Republic of Singapore Air Force. The
EADS/Northrop Grumman KC-45 was a version of the A330 MRTT proposed for the United States Air Force.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airbus_A330_MRTT

The 767 where design in 1972, Japan and other companies build the part for the 767 that mate together in Everett then 767 are flow to Italy to be complete as a tanker, that made the Boeing 767 an American tanker
It will take two kc-46 tanker do the jobs of one Douglas kc-10A or one Northrop Kc-45 or one kc-30
The Kc-46 is more cargo than taker and carries no fuel in its belly
Boeing has only sold eight Export KC-767 tankers since 2002 that took eight years to design, build and delivery the 9th tanker when unsold and later cut up in Everett

Israeli is selling tanker conversions 767 MMTT Multi Mission Tanker Transport is a conversion of the Boeing
767 by Bedek Aircraft Division of Israeli Aerospace Industries
The first 767 MMTT was converted in June 2010 with the addition of wing refueling
pods, and a side cargo door. The variant can perform aerial tanker, cargo, and VIP transport duties The Colombian Air Force took delivery of one 767 MMTT
in 2010.

Economist report: Boeing KC-46 tanker could suffer from budget cuts
http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/news/2012/07/16/the-economist-sequestration-could.html
Boeing KC-46 tanker may be delayed -GAO report
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/27/boeing-tanker-idUSL2E8EQJ1720120327
Taxpayers for Common Sense commends the Inspector General for this comprehensive study of the K-767 Tanker deal the billion dollar Boeing bailout that has become the biggest military procurement scandal in decades.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boeing_KC-767

Boeing was allow to rewrite the PFR to win the Kc-46
http://zfacts.com/metaPage/lib/KR-04-03-Boeing-wrote-contracts.pdf
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KC-135
http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/aircraft/kc-135e.htm
http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d02724r.pdf

In 1960’s to get around the Export laws of the United State
Boeing would sell a 707 passenger jet and a mod kit with all the parts to turn a 707 into a tanker aka Boeing 707 T/T export tanker

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