In a move that has surprised many, The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has formally approached Boeing regarding the purchase of three KC-46A Pegasus tankers.
The news came to light during a media event taking place on the periphery of the annual Shangri-La Dialogue regional security summit in Singapore, where Jeff Shockey, Vice President of Global Sales for Defense, Space and Security at Boeing confirmed that they had received the letter of interest.
Currently the aircraft has only been formally selected by the US Air Force and Japan, whilst also being a competitor in places such as NATO, Indonesia, Israel and Norway.
Whilst adding another country to this list wouldn’t itself normally be pause for thought, the fact that the UAE already operate two Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transports in the role. It is currenty unknown whether or not this is a competitive tended and if it is it would make sense that Airbus will also offer the A330 MRTT.
Nick Ashwell-Rice has worked in aviation and defence journalism since 2014 whilst also maintaining a career outside of the industry. He has been Editor-in-Chief at Talking Aero since its inception