``The KC-46A would be an excellent choice for the Turkish Air Force when they decide to replace or augment their KC-135 tankers.``

An Exclusive interview with Rick LEMASTER, Senior Director, Global Business Development, Middle East, North Africa, Türkiye & Israel

Date: Issue 126 - October 2023 Update: May 24, 2024

Defence Turkey: Can we start our interview with an overview of 2023’s first 6 months from Boeing Defense’s point of view? Could you summarize your major activities during the first 6 months of 2023? What are your focus areas in 2023, and why?

Rick LEMASTER: We work with our customers to deliver products and services that meet the needs of the mission. Some major activities related to our defense portfolios include KC-46A Block 1 upgrades that will further enhance the unprecedented data and communications connectivity the KC-46A provides to joint and allied forces for battlespace situational awareness. Every month, global operators fly hundreds of sorties with the KC-46A, and its proven aerial refueling systems deliver more than five million pounds of fuel to the joint force and allied receivers.