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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...
  • 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...
  • 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-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...
  • 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 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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, w...
  • GAO warns on KC-46A for delay 16 April 2016
    Government Accountability Office (GAO) has warned of continuing schedule risk in the USAF's Boeing KC-46A Pegasus refuelling tanker programme. GOA’s annual review of programme said, “Boeing has a challenging road ahead to complete testing and deliver aircraft.” Programme officials estimate that there are four months of schedule risk to delivering 18 aircraft by August 2017 as planned "due to testing and parts qualification issues.” Boeing is also contractually obligated to deliver four de...