WingedVictory wrote:According to a recent Linkedin posting (see link below), the Dutch Air Force has apparently handed over one of its KDC-10 aircraft to Omega Air Refueling Services last week. This is a noteworthy event, as it expands the operational AAR capabilities of Omega's fleet. The likely first customer for a commercially-sourced AAR service will be the US Transportation Command, which is actively preparing an RFP solicitation for issuance. While this hybrid services model has been considered by the US DoD for over a decade, it now appears that the combined O&S costs to support the geriatric KC-135 fleet and the on-going procurement troubles of the KC-46A have finally forced the USTRANSCOM to act on a commercial AAR services solution. Who else will step forward in the coming months? Likely, there will be other new entrant and larger defense industry providers to begin emerging with their offerings.
Does anyone know what happened to the recently retired Singaporean KC-135Rs?
I believe the original agreement with both Singapore and Turkey for the KC-135Rs was when they retired them they would be returned to US possession at AMARC.
Singapore is looking at ways dispose of its fleet of Boeing KC-135R tanker aircraft as deliveries of its new Airbus tankers continue.
In response to queries from Defense News about what the nation was going to do with the four Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) KC-135R planes, the defense ministry said that “the disposal plans are being worked out and relevant approvals will be sought as required.”
Defense News understands from various sources at least one potential operator has expressed an interest in the Singaporean aircraft with an eye on potentially buying them. As the KC-135s were built in the United States, any disposal method will need the approval of the U.S. government before proceeding.
kc135topboom wrote:I'm surprised no one has mentioned Israel getting the Singapore KC-135s (with US approval).
The Israeli Air Force is looking to replace its aging fleet of Boeing-707 tankers. Sources at Boeing estimate that the first KC-46 refueling tanker will be delivered to Israel in 2022 or 2023
Israel made the first step toward the replacement of the IAF’s aging refueling tanker fleet: the Government of Israel has submitted a Letter of Request (LoR) to the US Government, for the acquisition of two new Boeing KC-46 refueling tankers. The new tankers will replace the old Boeing-707 tankers, IAF designation Re’em, which have been in service for several decades.
The procurement deal for the new tankers is yet to be signed, and at this point, the request is for the acquisition of two aircraft with an option for the future acquisition of an additional six. Sources at the Boeing Corporation estimate that the first refueling tanker will be delivered to Israel in 2022 or 2023. Once the transaction has been signed, Boeing will commence manufacturing of the new aircraft for the IAF.
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