GE’s CF6-80C2 engine has been selected to power the four Boeing 767 Tanker Transport Aircraft of the Japanese Defense Agency (JDA), in an engine order valued at $80 million.
Ito-Chu Corporation, the sales representative of Boeing, proposed the CF6-80C2-powered 767 Tanker Transport Aircraft in order to maximise the benefits of logistical and operational commonality with four CF6-80C2-powered Boeing E-767 AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control System) aircraft in the JDA fleet.
Delivery of engines will begin in 2005, and entry into service is scheduled for 2007.
The GE-powered 767 Tanker Transport Aircraft has also been selected by Italy, in a global market which Boeing estimates will reach 500 aircraft over the next 30 years. GE’s CF6 is said to be the leading commercial engine powering military wide-body tanker and transport aircraft and is currently being considered for the Japanese C-X Transport.