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Roper Warns Boeing On Tankers After Walking KC-46 Line

Posted by Colin Clark on


The Air Force is once again accepting deliveries of the troubled tankers — but the service’s acquisition chief warned Boeing must get its act in order ASAP.

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Roper Halts Deliveries of KC-46s; Will Visit Boeing Plant

Posted by Colin Clark on


The Air Force has refused to accept delivery of any more KC-46 tankers until Boeing fixes major problems — at the company’s expense.

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SecAF Wilson Rips Boeing For More KC-46 Problems

Posted by Paul McLeary on


As the Boeing tanker continues to see delays and cost overruns, the Air Force is airing its complaints.

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Concurrency Raises Its Head Again: Why KC-46 Is Late

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: You’d think Boeing and the Air Force would have learned from Lockheed Martin’s experience with the F-35 and concurrency, which Vice Adm. James Venlet identified six years ago in our pages as a fundamental “miscalculation” in the Joint Strike Fighter program. The issue came to light Friday during a conversation about the KC-46 tanker… Keep reading →

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Air Force Confirms Late KC-46 Delivery– ‘Late Spring’ Not December

Posted by Colin Clark on


UPDATED: ADDS Detailed Boeing Comment On “Being Much More Efficient” WASHINGTON: Boeing will probably deliver the first of the “low risk” KC-46 airborne tankers at least six months later than planned, the Air Force said this morning. “The Air Force will continue to support Boeing’s efforts to execute the program, however, the Air Force assessment… Keep reading →

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KC-46 Delayed Two More Months Into 2018: SecAf & CSAF

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


CAPITOL HILL: The Air Force’s troubled KC-46 fuel tanker will probably be delayed “a couple of months” more, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson and Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein told the Senate this morning. An Air Force spokesperson confirmed to Breaking Defense that this means they expect contractor Boeing to miss the December deadline to deliver… Keep reading →

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Dollar Hedges Help UK MoD Keep Calm In Age Of Trump & Brexit

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: Despite a turbulent Trump administration and a plummeting pound, the Anglo-American defense relationship remains strong, said the senior civil servant in the Ministry of Defence. “Under any circumstances, we’re going to continue to work very, very closely with the States,” Stephen Lovegrove, Permanent Secretary of the UK Ministry of Defence, told reporters this morning.… Keep reading →

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To Sen. McCain: Why SASC Should Not Change B-21 Acquisition Rules

Posted by Adam Lowther on


The Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) has placed language in the 1,600 pages of its draft of the National Defense Authorization Act that would fundamentally alter how standard acquisition policies apply to the Air Force’s B-21 Long Range Strike Bomber. The Air Force has meticulously followed all of the rules and regulations mandated by Congress… Keep reading →

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Navy Wants LCS ‘Frigate’ Upgrade A Year Earlier: 2018, Not 2019

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


NATIONAL HARBOR: The Navy wants to start building the upgraded “frigate” version of its controversial Littoral Combat Ship a year earlier, the frigate program manager said. The fixed-price, winner-take-all competition will “tentatively” happen in 2018 instead of 2019. To make that earlier date, Capt. Dan Brintzinghoffer said at the Sea-Air-Space conference here, the Navy will… Keep reading →

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Sen. McCain: Keep the B-21 On Track

Posted by David Deptula on


The Air Force’s new B-21 long range strike bomber acquisition program has encountered turbulence in recent weeks as Sen. John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, declared: “I will not authorize a program that has a cost-plus contract.” Justifying his position, the senator referenced his smart phone, explaining that: “Silicon Valley built the latest… Keep reading →

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