posted on Mar, 27 2020 @ 03:57 PM
The Air Force is expected to complete the feasibility study this month, with an eye towards contract solicitation in June. The initial contract would
cover 5,000 hours over 1,100 sorties. They'd eventually like to see 21,000 hours for exercises, 2,100 hours for test and evaluation, 2,190 hours for
foreign military sales support, and 900 hours for Coronet support.
Companies would need one boom and drogue equipped aircraft, and can expect to fly three sorties a day. IOC would be 12 months after award with AFMC
testing. At two years they'd be certified for F-15s, F-16s, F-18s, B-1s, and B-52s. At FOC, they'd be certified on F-22s, F-35s, A-10s, C-130s, P-8s,
C-17s, RC-135s, E-3s, and E-8s. Longer term they could see OCONUS support missions, including exercises, CORONET missions, and flying training units.