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.
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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