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KC-46 LRIP could be delayed 8 months

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posted on Jul, 21 2015 @ 10:26 PM
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Based on ongoing problems in developing the KC-46, the first LRIP contract for 19 aircraft could be delayed as much as 8 months, to April 2016. The first actual KC-46 flight will be in September, after delays caused by wiring issues cropped up.

The latest delays were caused by undisclosed problems with the refueling system. The first aircraft has been performing ground testing of the fuel and boom system in Washington.

www.bloomberg.com...




posted on Jul, 22 2015 @ 02:35 PM
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Here..
theaviationist.com...

Concept photo..
images.military.com...

And what is this? 707-335 Phalcon?

www.jetforums.net...



posted on Jul, 22 2015 @ 02:50 PM
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originally posted by: Bigburgh
a reply to: Zaphod58

And what is this? 707-335 Phalcon?

www.jetforums.net...


Similar to the EC-18 the AF flew to monitor telemetry from Apollo and the shuttle flights among other things.
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posted on Jul, 22 2015 @ 03:08 PM
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Interesting how big the nose section is for the Radar..wings are interesting as well..
Thanks for that info. :-)



posted on Jul, 22 2015 @ 03:19 PM
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I was told that the radar in the nose of the EC-18 could watch objects in orbit.



posted on Jul, 25 2015 @ 04:35 AM
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Would I be right in thinking the KC-45 would have been in service by now? I well remember how the "Frankentanker " was said to be fraught with risk.

It's a shame that political expediency was allowed to so blatantly outweigh operational benefit.
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posted on Jul, 25 2015 @ 07:28 AM
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It would still be in development as well, but may not be having the problems their having. The time line, regardless of which aircraft won was for 2017 delivery of the first batch.



posted on Jul, 25 2015 @ 12:25 PM
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Was that the timeline for the second competition though? I can't remember but it all seems a long time ago when that particular debate raged on here.



posted on Jul, 25 2015 @ 12:30 PM
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For the one that was contested? Close to that. Late 2016, early 2017 was the schedule IIRC for that one. They left a little more development room in that contract because of the previous issues.



posted on Jul, 27 2015 @ 01:29 AM
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even though they might be delayed by 8 months Boeing isnt really worried cause their main goal of delivering the initial 18 aircraft in 2017 is still a go. I just couldnt believe all the flight testing they are delaying until after LRIP contract is given out.

Even though the 767 is a proven air frame, everything on the KC-46 is new. It all has to be FAA certified as well. Its not just strapping some centerline fuel tanks and a boom to the jet and calling it good like they did on the KC-767.



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