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Years Late, It’s ‘Pass-Fail’ Now For Boeing’s KC-46 Tanker: Gen. Miller

Posted by Colin Clark on


The cascade of problems with the plane, which Boeing called low risk and promised to deliver 18 combat-ready aircraft in 2017, is unlikely to deliver planes ready for war for several more years, Gen. Maryanne Miller, the head of Air Mobility Command, made clear today.

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Boeing KC-46 Deliveries Halted, Again

Posted by Colin Clark on


The revelation, made by the Air Force Secretary during Congressional testimony, is the latest black eye for the tanker program.

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DCMA Orders Safety Halt To KC-46 Deliveries; Roper Promises Close Scrutiny

Posted by Colin Clark on


AFA ORLANDO: Two KC-46 tankers due to be delivered to the Air Force were grounded after government inspectors found tools and other debris left behind on the planes at Boeing’s plant in Seattle. The Defense Contract Management Agency and the Air Force required Boeing to make 13 changes to procedures to ensure the FOD will… Keep reading →

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Hold Joint Armed Services-Foreign Relations Defense Hearings

Posted by Peter Huessy on


The best way for America to develop a consensus on what our defense and global security commitments should be is for Congress to have a lengthy series of posture hearings that delve deeply into these issues.    They could be jointly held by the Armed Services and Foreign Affairs committees from the two chambers, patterned… Keep reading →

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Aussie Tankers Knit Coalition Forces Together

Posted by Murielle Delaporte on


Afghanistan and operations in the Middle East against jihadist terror groups mark the rebirth of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as probably the most modern and innovative air force among US allies and partners. The Aussies deployed a new force package during their most recent Middle East engagement, as C-17s, F/A-18As and F/A-18Fs operated with the E-7 Wedgetail Air Battle Management aircraft and the A330 MRTT tanker. 

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