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KC-46 delivery slips

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posted on Oct, 17 2018 @ 06:01 PM
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The Air Force has announced that the first delivery of the KC-46, scheduled for later this month, has been pushed back. Boeing says it will happen by the end of the year, the Air Force won't commit to any kind of timeline for delivery.

There are currently five Category One deficiencies that have to be corrected remaining. All five are related to refueling. They are still waiting on the military operating certificate to be able to deliver the first aircraft.

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posted on Oct, 17 2018 @ 06:51 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

Because it was cheaper, but less capable... Meanwhile, ...
edit on 17-10-2018 by RadioRobert because: (no reason given)



posted on Oct, 17 2018 @ 06:54 PM
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a reply to: RadioRobert

There's no way to know that Airbus would have been able to modify it to meet AF requirements with fewer issues.



posted on Oct, 17 2018 @ 06:56 PM
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Not after they rewrote the requirements to save Boeing...



posted on Oct, 17 2018 @ 07:01 PM
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a reply to: RadioRobert

Even if they didn't, there's no reason to think they could have done it perfectly and without any delays.



posted on Oct, 17 2018 @ 10:19 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

It's not a good look for a program that was supposed to begin delivery five years ago. Technically more, since that'd be the second KC-X solicitation issued.



posted on Oct, 23 2018 @ 02:55 AM
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November 16 appears to be the new delivery target.



posted on Oct, 24 2018 @ 03:46 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

Apparently with an additional $179M in overruns, too.

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