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  • Solving Agreement for Refueling Tanker
    Solving Agreement for Refueling Tanker 9 April 2020
    KC-46A Pegasus's full of problems career continues. The USA continues its efforts to solve the problems detected on the aircraft. Boeing and the USA signed a new agreement on April 2. Under the contract, the RVS (Remote Vision System) problems experienced in the KC-46A Pegasus will be solved. The system allows the operator to safely handle the boom system in refuelling missions. However, in some ambient conditions, depth of field problems caused by cameras prevented the saf...
  • KC-46 Suffers Again
    KC-46 Suffers Again 1 April 2020
    KC-46 Pegasus, struggling with the problems since the project was announced, did not surprise again. The US Air Force said in a statement that the fuel leak problem, which detected in July 2019, is more critical than expected. For this reason, the problem was redefined as First Level, the most critical level. In the announcement made by the KC-46 Program Office, it was stated that all the platforms delivered will also be reviewed, the inspection at the required stages will be tighte...
  • KC-46 and P-8 Delivery on Hold Due to COVID-19
    KC-46 and P-8 Delivery on Hold Due to COVID-19 24 March 2020
    Pegasus and Poseidon production stops as Boeing Temporarily Shuts Down Facilities Production of the Air Force’s KC-46 refuelling tanker(Pegasus)  and the Navy’s P-8 maritime surveillance and anti-submarine warfare plane (Poseidon) will stop as Boeing shuts down all facilities due to coronavirus pandemic. “Boeing plans to begin reducing production activity today and projects the suspension of such operations to begin on Wednesday, March 25, at sites a...
  • Israel to Deliver Surprise from Longer Distance
    Israel to Deliver Surprise from Longer Distance 4 March 2020
    Israel launched the strategic plan to restructure its army. In line with the plan, it continues to acquire equipment to improve its operational capabilities. Tel Aviv, which announced that it has initiated CFT (Conformal Fuel Tank) development studies for the F-35I Adir aircraft in the previous periods, will also increase its aerial refueling capability. In this context, the USA has approved the possible sale of new platforms, which will replace the KC-707 Re'em aircraft that ar...
  • US Air Force hopes major KC-46 fix by March
    US Air Force hopes major KC-46 fix by March 21 February 2020
    The U.S. Air Force is hoping to get KC-46 tanker’s most critical technical problem to be fixed by the end of March. The Air Force and Boeing are going to sign off next month on a finalized design for the KC-46’s Remote Vision System(RVS) to steer the aircraft’s boom into a plane for aerial refuelling. RSV is composed of a series of cameras and sensors to detach boom from recipient aircraft. RVS is manufactured by Rockwell Collins. Under certain ...
  • Restriction of KC-46 Lifted
    Restriction of KC-46 Lifted 25 December 2019
    Cargo ban of the KC-46, which was struggling with problems in the development process and in the post-delivery, has been lifted. About three months ago, it was found that the floor cargo locking components on the floor suffered mechanical problems. After the first inspection, the transportation of personnel and cargo was banned in KC-46A Pegasus for detailed research. In the inspections, it was found that the mechanisms that had to be locked automatically were not locked d...
  • KC-135s are Retiring
    KC-135s are Retiring 11 September 2019
    U.S. Air National Guard unit has received Boeing KC-46 Pegasus air-refuelling tanker. The KC-46 is a military aerial refuelling and transport aircraft designed to replace the current KC-135 Stratotanker. The aircraft is capable of carrying approximately 73,000 kg of fuel and 35,000 kg of cargo.  Boeing 767-200LRF commercial aircraft-based KC-46, made its first flight in 2015. The first two KC-46s were delivered to the 157th Air Refuelling Wing at Pease Air National Guard B...
  • Sector News Issue 75 11 July 2019
    New Support for A400M RAM for USA and Japan UK Gets a German Partner Refuelling from KC-46 to F-35 Lantset: Cost Active Solution LCS Meets the Water New Solution for Air Operations Armour Becomes Lighter Kement, Ready for Mission ACMI found its Place. Gökbey on its Way to Certification Technologic Support for Atak ...
  • KC-46A Tests Continue Successfully
    KC-46A Tests Continue Successfully 21 June 2019
      The U.S. Air Force’s new air refuelling aircraft, the KC-46A Pegasus, is undergoing a variety of tests out of Edwards Air Force Base, California. Starting on April 29th, the KC-46 conducted the first refuelling test with a Travis AFB C-5M Super Galaxy. The testing is a part of a larger test program to certify aerial refuelling operations between the KC-46 and 22 different receiver aircraft. C-5M crew tested with the KC-46 was the ability to connect w...
  • CH-53K Deliveries Postponed
    CH-53K Deliveries Postponed 8 April 2019
    The US cannot get rid of delays in aviation programs. After the delays in the KC-46 Pegasus, the CH-53K King Stallion helicopters will be delayed too. CH-53K King Stallion helicopters with a total program cost of US $ 31 billion and developed in accordance with the demands of the US Marine Corps will be delivered with a delay of at least 19 months. The problems identified during the development tests were shown to cause disruption in the program. 106 technical problems identified in...
  • Pegasus Has Broken Wings
    Pegasus Has Broken Wings 3 April 2019
    Boeing's doesn't get out of trouble in KC-46 Pegasus. The delivery of the aircraft was stopped once again due to the detection of foreign objects that could damage the structural components. The US Air Force has announced that it has halted the acceptance of the new KC-46 Pegasus. According to the statement, seven aircraft have been put into service, but in the tests conducted in closed areas that were reviewed for the first time, it was reported that items that could damage...
  • RoKAF Receives Its Second KC-330 Cygnus
    RoKAF Receives Its Second KC-330 Cygnus 1 April 2019
    Republic of Korea’s Ministry of National Defence (MND) announced on 28 March that the Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) had received the second of four A330-200 MRTTs, which are known as KC-330 Cygnus in RoKAF service. This is the second of four Airbus Defence and Space (DS) A330-200 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft ordered in 2015, the in Seoul announced on 28 March. The aircraft will undergo further checks and is expected to be operational by April or ...
  • US Temporarily Suspends KC-46 Tanker Deliveries
    US Temporarily Suspends KC-46 Tanker Deliveries 4 March 2019
    Boeing’s troubled KC-46 tanker deliveries to the U.S. Air Force have been suspended as the service investigates a series of problems with foreign object debris, its top acquisition official confirmed Friday. Will Roper, the service’s assistant secretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, told reporters that it will likely be “some time” before the service begins accepting new tankers from Boeing. “I was able to get some data from our team on the...
  • New Boom to KC-46
    New Boom to KC-46 1 February 2019
      KC-46, which first delivery held last days, still has problems. US Air Force is going to re-design the aircraft's boom system over the problems encountered when refuelling light aircraft. In the tests carried out, the problem of separation was detected in the refuelling boom used in KC-46 Pegasus platforms. A number of problems were found in the use of refuelling booms using on platforms such as the A-10 Thunderbolt II, F-16 Fighting Falcon, F-15 Eagle, which ar...
  • Happy End in KC-46 Pegasus
    Happy End in KC-46 Pegasus 25 January 2019
      The KC-46 Pegasus replenishment tanker, which struggled with difficulties in the manufacturing and testing process, reached a happy ending. Boeing delivered the first KC-46 to the US Air Force (USAF). The KC-46 Pegasus, developed from the Boeing 767 commercial airliner, was officially handed over to the USAF at a ceremony held at Boeing's Everett Plant. Due to problems, the delivery will be delayed. Platform will be transferred to McConnell Air Force, stationed ...
  • US Air Force Accepts First KC-46A Tanker Aircraft
    US Air Force Accepts First KC-46A Tanker Aircraft 12 January 2019
    The US Air Force (USAF) accepted the first Boeing KC-46A Pegasus aerial refuelling on 10 January which is more than two years late, and despite major technical deficiencies.  USAF said it will withhold payment of $28 million per aircraft until the faults are fixed. The service is scheduled to take physical delivery of the first KC-46A at McConnell Air Force Base (AFB), Kansas, as early as late January, according to USAF.  USAF spokesperson Captain Hope Cronin sai...
  • Japan to Acquire Second KC-46A Tanker
    Japan to Acquire Second KC-46A Tanker 10 December 2018
    apan has signed for the second of four Boeing KC-46A Pegasus tanker aircraft it plans to field from 2020. A Foreign Military Sale (FMS) contract for a single aircraft for Japan was announced by the US Department of Defence (DoD) on 6 December, following the award of the first aircraft in December 2017. While that first award included support and was valued at USD279 million, this latest contract is for the aircraft only and is valued at USD159 million. The first KC-46A is ...
  • Lockheed Martin and Airbus Sign MoU on Aerial Refueling
    Lockheed Martin and Airbus Sign MoU on Aerial Refueling 6 December 2018
    Lockheed Martin and Airbus have signed an agreement to jointly market Airbus A330 MRTT tanker for U.S. defence customers.  The companies will seek to provide aerial-refueling services to address any identified capacity shortfall and to meet requirements for the next generation of tankers capable of operating in the challenging environments of future battlespace.  "Reliable and modernized aerial refueling is an essential capability for our customers to mainta...
  • No Surprise in KC-46
    No Surprise in KC-46 19 October 2018
    The US Air Force has made a new statement about KC-46 has Pegasus. Aircraft will be delayed once again. Since the tender ended in 2011, many delays in the program, the first aircraft was scheduled to October 27 for delivery. However, due to significant damage problems on the aircraft recently, the delivery was postponed once again. Boeing suffered several delays in the program after the tender, which ended in 2011. The first delivery is expected to be completed after complet...
  • KC-46s To Be Equipped With Laser
    KC-46s To Be Equipped With Laser 20 September 2018
    Air Force General Carlton Everhart says the Air Force is working to add the unconventional feature, allowing the tanker to fly closer to the fight than ever before. Everhart told Voice of America News in a recent interview that Air Mobility Command, in coordination with Air Combat Command and Air Force Special Operations, will be testing lasers on airplanes “in about two years.” Everhart said the idea of defending the KC-46 tanker with lasers is possible becaus...
  • KC-46 New Deficiencies, Jeopardize Planned Delivery Date
    KC-46 New Deficiencies, Jeopardize Planned Delivery Date 19 September 2018
    The U.S. Air Force has added two new technical issues to the KC-46 tanker’s list of problems, potentially throwing a wrench into the projected delivery of the first tanker in October. US based Defence Magazine Defence News stated that “both deficiencies are category-1 , the most serious designation of technical problems, and revolve around the tanker’s refuelling boom system. “ The Air Force is unsure whether the two problems will be solved in time ...
  • KC-46 Completed FAA Certification
    KC-46 Completed FAA Certification 9 September 2018
    Boeing has announced that the KC-46 aircraft has completed the FAA certification process. During the certification, the aircraft passed tests including a series of labs, ground and aerial refueling experiences. Prior to the first delivery planned in October, the FAA certification is an important milestone. During the tests, six different aircraft took 3,500 hours of flight. 1361 tons of fuel was transferred to different types of aircraft on these flights. During the F...
  • Billion Dollar Penalty for Boeing
    Billion Dollar Penalty for Boeing 27 July 2018
    Boeing has another penalty. In the last financial quarter we passed, the penalties for Boeing's KC-46 program were reached $ 426 million. Boeing's total penalties for the KC-46 isalsa reached $ 3.4 billion. The US Air Force will supply the KC-46 Pegasus to replace its aging KC-135 Stratotanker and KC-10 Extender aircraft. KC-46 made its maiden flight in 2015. Aircraft has a fuel capacity of 72, 870 kilograms. USAF is is planning to procure179 of thes...
  • KC-46 Tests Finished
    KC-46 Tests Finished 17 July 2018
    The KC-46 Pegasus aerial refueling aircraft also completed its final tests. Boeing KC-46 program manager Mike Gibbons stated that completing tests before the planned in October is a great success for the Boeing Air Force Team. Tests for receiver certification, which began in April 2018, have been completed with the last flight in the past days. Aerial refueling was carried out at different altitudes and speeds to the A-10 Thunderbolt II, F/A-18 Hornet, KC-46...
  • Light at the End of KC-46 Tunnel
    Light at the End of KC-46 Tunnel 21 June 2018
    Boeing signed the first KC-46 Pegasus tanker delivery contract to the US Air Force (USAF). According to the agreement, the first aircraft will be delivered in October 2018. This agreement is the prodorm of the end of tough process, which began 16.5 years ago after the US Senate approved the decision to replace the KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft. The USAF expects the first 18 KC-46s to be delivered by April 2019. Boeing reported that 43 of the KC-46s were in different production phases and ...
  • KC-46 Completed FFA Certification Tests
    KC-46 Completed FFA Certification Tests 27 April 2018
    Boeing's KC-46 aerial refueling aircraft completed all required Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) flight tests following a successful refueling/communications flight with a C-17 Globemaster III.  The STC is one of two required FAA airworthiness certifications. Boeing previously received its Amended Type Certificate from the FAA for its core 767-2C configuration in December 2017. As part of STC testing, the combined Boeing/Air Force team had to validate...
  • USAF Urges Boeing on KC-46
    USAF Urges Boeing on KC-46 19 March 2018
    The US Air Force is urging Boeing to accelerate the deliveries of KC-46 aerial refuelling aircraft.   After Boeing's latest announcement of a further delay in the first aircraft delivery to the Air Force, Undersecretary of the Air Force Matthew Donovan visited KC-46A Pegasus production facility on 14 March. “While Boeing has built a superb capability in the KC-46A, we need them to double down on providing the necessary resources and engineerin...
  • Another Delay in KC-46 Tanker Delivery
    Another Delay in KC-46 Tanker Delivery 9 March 2018
     Another delay is on US Air Force's doorstep regarding KC-46A tanker delivery. The service confirmed the deliveries are likely to occur in late calendar year 2018. According to a statement by the US Air Force, this assessment is based on known risks and predicted impacts associated with airworthiness certifications and slower than expected flight test execution. The Air Force will continue to work with Boeing to develop schedule mitigations,...
  • USAF Requests %12 Budget Boost in FY2019
    USAF Requests %12 Budget Boost in FY2019 13 February 2018
    The US Air Force’s proposed budget for FY2019 calls for a 12 percent increase from FY2018 and includes increasing the number of F-35As, KC-46 tankers, MQ-9 Reapers.  According to budget documents released by the Pentagon Monday, the Air Force hopes to acquire 48 F-35A fighters in 2019 along with 15 KC-46 tankers which is the same as in the previous two years. Planning to retire MQ-1s starting from this year, USAF wants to buy 29 MQ-9s as replacement.  ...
  • Countdown for KC-46
    Countdown for KC-46 27 January 2018
    The US Air Mobility Command made statement on the KC-46 Pegasus aerial refueling tanker. In the statement, it was stated that 94% of the tests required for military certification of the aircraft were completed. It was also stated that if everything went well and the weather was convenient, all the tests could be completed in less than 60 to 70 days. In December, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certified the Boeing 767-2C which KC-46 Pegasus is based on. The 767-2C is equip...
  • Indonesia Considers Boeing and Airbus for Tanker Acquisition
    Indonesia Considers Boeing and Airbus for Tanker Acquisition 24 January 2018
    Indonesia is looking into buying two aerial refuelling tankers and evaluates Boeing KC-46A and the Airbus A330 MRTT airframes, Jane's reported on 18 January. In order to expand the Indonesian Air Force's aerial refuelling capabilities, the country plans to establish a formal acquisition programme for two airframes by 2024. Issues that will be scrutinised in the study include suitability for Indonesian operational requirements, compatibility of refuelling methods with the TNI...
  • Boeing Receives Contract for Japan KC-46 Tanker
    Boeing Receives Contract for Japan KC-46 Tanker 22 December 2017
    Through the Foreign Military Sale process, the U.S. Air Force has awarded Boeing  a $279 million contract for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s (JASDF’s) first KC-46 tanker and logistics support, marking the aircraft’s first international sale.Japan Air Self-Defense Force became first international KC-46 customer Japan chose Boeing’s KC-46 tanker over competitors following its KC-X aerial refueling competition. The KC-46 adds to the JASDF’s c...
  • USAF's First Pegasus Made Its First Flight
    USAF's First Pegasus Made Its First Flight 6 December 2017
    The first KC-46A Pegasus tanker earmarked for the US Air Force (USAF) made its maiden flight on 5 December, Boeing announced today. The aircraft is also the seventh to be built overall conducted a three-and-a-half hour test flight, climbing up to 39,000 ft to perform a series of operational checks on the engines, flight controls, and environmental systems.
  • Refuelling Completed Among KC-46s
    Refuelling Completed Among KC-46s 12 October 2017
    A Boeing - US Air Force test team recently completed KC-46 to KC-46 refueling for the first time. In a statement made on 11 October, Boeing said during the four-hour flight, the two aircraft successfully refueled each other and achieved the maximum fuel offload rate of 1,200 gallons per minute. The fuel capacity of the aircraft is 96 thousand 265 kg. So far, KC-46 test aircraft have completed 2,000 flight hours and more than 1,300 contacts during refueling flights w...
  • KC-46 Delivery Might Be Delayed Until 2018
    KC-46 Delivery Might Be Delayed Until 2018 21 September 2017
    Another delay is on US Air Force's doorstep regarding KC-46A tanker delivery. Despite earlier assurances that Boeing would deliver the US Air Force's first 767-based KC-46A tanker by the end of this year, the company is unsure if the planned delivery date could be met due to severe flaws USAF discovered known as “category 1 deficiencies”.  The head of  US Air Mobility Command has revealed that KC-46A tanker delivery may be delayed&nb...
  • Further Delays In US Tanker Programme
    Further Delays In US Tanker Programme 29 March 2017
    According to a recent report presented to the US Congress in March, there will be further delays in $44 billion Boeing KC-46A Pegasus tanker programme. The report states that although the KC-46A programme is currently meeting cost and performance targets, Government Accountability Office's (GAO's) analysis shows there is risk to the current delivery schedule due to potential delays in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certifications and key test events. In...
  • New Order for Tanker Aircraft
    New Order for Tanker Aircraft 30 January 2017
    Boeing has been awarded a $2,1 billion contract for an additional 15 KC-46A tanker aircraft on 27 January. The contract also covers two spare engines and five wing refuelling pod units. The US Air Force initially ordered 19 low rate production aircraft in August, 2016. Boeing hopes to deliver the first 18 aircraft by January 2018. 
  • 'Pegasus' Fell Behind Schedule
    'Pegasus' Fell Behind Schedule 17 January 2017
    Boeing’s KC-46A Pegasus tanker programme fell behind schedule, according to latest reports. The US Air Force planned to complete over 60 percent of testing by the end of engineering, manufacturing and development phase of the refueling platform, however managed to reach only 30 percent. The initial production phase began in August 2016, after the KC-46 successfully refueled a A-10. 
  • Tanker Doping to Arm Wrestling in Pasific
    Tanker Doping to Arm Wrestling in Pasific 22 September 2016
    Under the US Foreign Military Sales programme, Japan received approval of US State Department for the procurement of four KC-46A aerial refuelling aircraft. Including one additional spare Pratt &Whitney PW4062 turbofan engine, the contract amount was estimated as $ 1.9 billion. The deal also covers AN/ARC-210 radios, APX-119 identification friend or foe transponders, repair parts, engineering, technical assistance, training resources, publications, depot maintenance, contractor representa...
  • Issue 41 Sector News 18 September 2016
    New Aircraft for New Delhi Leonardo to Upgrade Lynx Boeing KC-46 Done with Flight Tests Israeli F-35’s Maiden Flight Rheinmetall’s €400 Million Ammunition Deal Turkey as Regional Support Centre for Airbus CN235 Aircraft TAI #1 Defence Company by Capital 500 One More Export by FNSS STM Liked the Top Rank HAVELSAN, the First Once Again OTOKAR’s SARP Order DETTA De...