Boeing military sales to extend Japan’s military reach into the Pacific

Brett Gerry was formerly vice president and general counsel of Boeing’s commercial airplanes division, and has been appointed as president of the company’s business operations in Japan. As Boeing Japan president, “Gerry will lead the company’s business partnerships, government affairs and growth initiatives in Japan”. Growth initiatives? Boeing is in Japan to increase military sales.

“Brett’s leadership will be invaluable in helping Boeing build on that strong foundation as we further expand our collaborations with Japan – across industry, technology, and military and commercial services”.

Gerry previously served as chief counsel for Boeing network and space systems before he led the legal function of Boeing commercial airplanes. He also held senior roles with the U.S. Justice Department and the White House. Gerry is in Japan for Boeing to continuing selling to Japan weapons as Japan redirects defense expenditure and reforms its military. To extend Japan’s military reach into the Pacific it requires aerial refueling capabilities.

Source: Defense Aerospace

Japan to Add Boeing Air Tanker to ASDF Fleet

October 23, 2015

TOKYO — The government said Friday it has selected Boeing Co.’s KC-46A as Japan’s new aerial tanker, and plans to begin adding the aircraft to the Air Self-Defense Force fleet from around fiscal 2020.

The Defense Ministry plans to buy three air tankers under the country’s medium-term defense buildup program through fiscal 2018, which underscored the need to enhance the capability to protect remote islands.

“With more aerial tankers, our aerial defense capability will be reinforced,” Defense Minister Gen Nakatani said at a news conference.

The United States proposed a sales price of about 20.8 billion yen ($172.8 million) per tanker, according to the ministry, which will book the costs in the fiscal 2016 budget.

Only the U.S. government participated in the bidding through early September.

This is the first overseas sale of the Boeing tanker.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Airbus withdrew from the competition in September in protest at Japan’s decision to allow Boeing to bid through the Foreign Military Sales program, to which its own A330 MRTT tanker does not have access. Japan’s Ministry of Defense said October 23rd that the “KC-46A satisfied all the necessary requirements as a new air-to-air refueling and transport equipment of the Air Self-Defense Force.”