Three companies are expected to bid for the Republic of Korea Air Force’s requirement for four air-to-air refuelling tanker aircraft.
Boeing has formally offered its KC-46A Pegasus, while Airbus Defence & Space has already announced its intention to pitch its A330 MRTT. A third bid is expected to come from Israeli Aircraft Industries (IAI) offering modified retired Boeing 767 airliners. IAI has previously delivered modified 767 tankers to Colombia.
The KC-46A is also based on the 767-200, albeit in a new-build form currently in development for the USAF’s KC-X program.
Selection of the successful bid is expected by the end of 2014, with delivery in the 2017-19 timeframe.