Pentagon Announces $2.4B Sale of 8 Boeing KC-46 Aircraft to Israel

By April 13, 2020Executive Hotline

The Pentagon announced in early March that the U.S. State Department has approved the potential sale of up to eight Boeing KC-46 aerial refueling tankers and associated equipment to Israel for $2.4 billion.
Israel would become the second international customer for the Boeing tanker.
The U.S. Air Force accepted the aircraft in January of last year, but identified problems with the faulty cargo locks, which were fixed.
Along with eight KC-46 tanker aircraft, Israel has requested to buy up to 17 turbofan engines, including one spare, and up to 18 navigation systems, including two spares.
Among other associated costs included in the $2.4 billion sale are radios, transponders, spare and repair parts, maintenance, training equipment, personnel services, flight test and certification and other logistical support.
The DSCA notified Congress of the potential sale. Congress has the ability to block foreign military sales, but that is unlikely to happen in this case since Israel is a close ally.