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KC-46: Too Crucial To Fail

Posted by Theresa Hitchens on


“There is no other option at this point,” explains Todd Harrison, the director of the Aerospace Security Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). “The Air Force needs new tankers, and Boeing is the only one making them.”

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Lockheed Teams With Airbus, ELTA, Rafael For Israeli Contracts & US Cash

Posted by Arie Egozi on


New restrictions on US aid to Israel is driving companies to seek American partners.

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Euro Tanker Program Plans To Expand

Posted by Theresa Hitchens on


Didier Plantecoste, head of the MRTT program at Airbus, says the allied tanker program is wooing new European customers in “the South.”

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Acting SecAF & Roper Likely Head To Paris Show, With F-35A

Posted by Colin Clark on


Amid chatter about what aircraft will make their way to Paris, the Air Force going all in.

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FVL: Army, Marines, SOCOM Release Ambitious Specs For Future Aircraft

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The Army wants a lot out of its Black Hawk replacement, at $43 million apiece — but the Marines and special operators want even more.

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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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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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Air Force OKs First KC-46 Delivery; Lots of Caveats

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: While the Air Force accepted delivery of the first KC-46 today, Boeing could face a total of $4.5 billion in cost overruns and withheld payments on the initial $4.9 billion contract for 52 KC-46 airborne tankers, depending on what happens as the company tries to fix the plane’s Remote Vision System. How does that… Keep reading →

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Halt Refueling Of Saudi Warplanes; Defensive Arms Sales OK: SASC’s Jack Reed

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WASHINGTON: Stop refueling Saudi warplanes as they fly to and fro, bombing, strafing and generally laying waste to Yemen. Freeze the sale of offensive weapons to the Kingdom of Saud. But the sale of defensive weapons is another matter, Sen. Jack Reed told reporters this morning. The danger posed by Houthi missiles and other threats… Keep reading →

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