Japan — Boeing Team Delivers C-130H Aerial Refueling Tanker to Japan

GIFU, Japan — The Boe­ing Com­pa­ny [NYSE: BA] and part­ners Kawasa­ki Heavy Indus­tries (KHI) and Cob­ham Mis­sion Sys­tems today announced that they have deliv­ered a C-130H aer­i­al refu­el­ing tanker to the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF). The JASDF took deliv­ery in late Feb­ru­ary at KHI Gifu Works after the air­craft com­plet­ed mod­i­fi­ca­tion and accep­tance for test­ing at the KHI facil­i­ty in Gifu.

KHI mod­i­fied the C-130H, orig­i­nal­ly designed as a trans­port air­craft, to incor­po­rate Cob­ham air-to-air refu­el­ing pods and Boe­ing design mod­i­fi­ca­tions affect­ing the struc­ture, wiring and fuel sys­tem. The tanker cur­rent­ly pro­vides aer­i­al refu­el­ing for the UH-60J, a search and res­cue heli­copter. It now will move into oper­a­tional test­ing with the JASDF.

“The Boe­ing Com­pa­ny has more than 80 years of expe­ri­ence in aer­i­al refu­el­ing, and each mem­ber of our team feels great pride car­ry­ing on that tra­di­tion for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force,” said Ken Hill, Boe­ing direc­tor of Spe­cial Oper­a­tions Pro­grams. “To work with peo­ple who have such ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment is an hon­or.”

A unit of The Boe­ing Com­pa­ny, Boe­ing Defense, Space & Secu­ri­ty is one of the world’s largest defense, space and secu­ri­ty busi­ness­es spe­cial­iz­ing in inno­v­a­tive and capa­bil­i­ties-dri­ven cus­tomer solu­tions, and the world’s largest and most ver­sa­tile man­u­fac­tur­er of mil­i­tary air­craft. Head­quar­tered in St. Louis, Boe­ing Defense, Space & Secu­ri­ty is a $34 bil­lion busi­ness with 68,000 employ­ees world­wide.

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