Boeing is feeling the pressure to deliver 18 KC-46 aircraft, related parts and supplies by August of 2017. That's the Required Assets Milestone for
the program. The Air Force has said there's almost no chance of reaching IOC on time, but that's not related to the contract.
The best price point for the Air Force is 15 aircraft a year. They can't order the first two LRIP lots (7 in LRIP 1 and 12 in LRIP 2) until Milestone
C is reached. That decision was supposed to come in April but now is into early May because of scheduling issues. They expect to have bought 91
aircraft by 2021.
Boeing plans deliveries from March to August of 2017. The Air Force expects to see IOC in either 2017 or 2018, and it will be based on both the
aircraft and infrastructure. Right now there are no plans to retire tankers in anticipation of the new aircraft coming, but if budget constraints
require it, then most likely the KC-10 fleet will be required.
EMD-4, the second true KC-46, will complete first flight functional tests today and be ready to join the program afterwards. It will test lighting,
and defensive systems as part of its role in the program.
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