KC-46A completes production qualification testing

KC-46A completes production qualification testing 20 July, 2016

The US Air Force's (USAF's) Boeing KC-46A Pegasus aerial refuelling tanker successfully passed fuel to a Fairchild-Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II combat aircraft on 15 July, the USAF announced. Now the tanker program can a request approval from Pentagon acquisition head Frank Kendall to move forward with a Milestone C decision for low rate initial production, the Air Force announced Monday evening. That approval would allow the Air Force to award a contract to Boeing for LRIP 1 and 2, which amounts to 19 aircraft.

The 4-hour flight took place out of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.  During the A-10 refuelling, the KC-46A transferred 1,500 pounds of fuel to the Warthog, according to the Air Force. It previously conducting refuelling demonstrations with the C-17 Globemaster II and F-16, which use the air refuelling boom, with the F/A-18 Hornet and AV-8B Harrier — Navy and Marine Corps aircraft that use a probe and drogue system — and with another KC-46.

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