posted on Mar, 24 2017 @ 02:40 PM
The GAO has announced that costs for the KC-46 have dropped in every area, but more delays are looming. Over all the program costs have dropped about
14%, or $7.3B. The fact that the Air Force made few changes to the requirements received credit for a large portion of the drop.
On the testing front, Boeing is going to have to step up in a big way to prevent delays. According to the GAO report, they will have to hit an average
of over 1700 test points a month to remain on schedule. That's more than double what they've done in the last 11 months.
Cobham, who is building the WARP pods, has yet to supply the FAA with the required design drawings for the pods, which will delay certification for
the pods, as well as electromagnetic testing for the aircraft.