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CHINA LAKE, Calif., June 4 (UPI) -- The KC-46 aerial tanker being developed for the U.S. military by Boeing has undergone weapons survivability testing by the U.S. Navy.
The tests at the Weapons Survivability Lab, supported by the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division -- or NAWCWD -- took place in April at China Lake, Calif., the Navy said.
The tests, outlined by the KC-46 Live Fire Test and Evaluation Program, will be used to assess KC-46 system-level survivability in high-fidelity, operational environments against ballistic and advanced threats.
NAWCWD said the survivability tests were the most complex ever conducted at the lab.
At 100,000 frames per second, this high-speed still captures the Live Fire Test and Evaluation (LFT&E) missile en route to the KC-46 tanker at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division’s Weapons Survivability Laboratory on April 7. The LFT&E missile is the first of its kind. The KC-46 program office requested the warhead be custom-designed by the Weapons Division to evaluate the highest threat scenario possible. U.S. Navy photo
Overview of the KC-46 test at the Weapons Survivability Lab, China Lake, California. On the left, the large, white High-Velocity Airflow System fired its nine jet engines to simulate realistic flying conditions for the mock KC-46 refueling. U.S. Navy photo
originally posted by: BASSPLYR
I have a question. If the engine doesn't get blown off the wing and the aircraft is flying how do they test for that sort of stress.
originally posted by: thebozeian
a reply to: ANNED
What on earth are you talking garbage for?
Is it so hard to get your facts straight BEFORE you bother to hit the post button?
The KC-46 is using a version of the P&W 4000, NOT the TF/CF-34 which is tens of thousands of pounds less in thrust and built by a different manufacturer, and totally unrelated to the A-10 or it's powerplant in a way that's not even comparing apples with any kind of citrus fruit.