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Air Force Accepts Flawed Boeing Tanker in a $44 Billion Program – Bloomberg

Posted by M. C. on January 11, 2019

Those tests will determine whether the aircraft is effective for combat and can be maintained.

Would be nice to know before we paid for them.

Boeing already has absorbed almost $4 billion in cost overruns on the KC-46.

How are we absorbing.

The bright side is Boeing has a way to go to catch with McDonnell Douglas and the F 35 interms of $ and delay.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-01-10/air-force-accepts-flawed-boeing-tanker-in-a-44-billion-program

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The U.S. Air Force has accepted the first delivery of Boeing Co.’s long-delayed aerial refueling tanker despite flaws that remain to be fixed, the service said Thursday.

The first eight of 179 planned KC-46 aerial tankers in the $44 billion program will be accepted from now through February. That’s more than two years late — and it may take as long as four more years to upgrade the troubled camera system used in refueling operations.

The Air Force is withholding as much as $28 million from the final payment on each aircraft as a financial hook to ensure Boeing makes the necessary improvements.

“We have identified, and Boeing has agreed to fix at its expense, deficiencies discovered in developmental testing of the remote vision system,” Captain Hope Cronin, an Air Force spokeswoman, said in a statement.

The Pentagon’s approval of the Air Force’s plan to accept the flawed planes was caught up in turmoil at the top of the Defense Department. The decision was waiting on the desk of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis when he announced his plan to resign by the end of February…

Glare Factor

The tanker’s 59-foot (18-meter) extended refueling boom is guided with a joystick by an airman using a system of seven cameras. But shadows or the glare of the sun can hamper the view in rare instances, possibly resulting in scraping the other plane or difficulties in performing a refueling, according to the Air Force. The service says that could lead to undetected damage to specialized coatings used on F-35 and F-22 stealth fighters and B-2 bombers, or cause structural damage…

Still, the tanker’s development has been beset by technical issues for what had been envisioned as a low-risk project when Chicago-based Boeing won the contract in 2011.

Boeing already has absorbed almost $4 billion in cost overruns on the KC-46…

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One Response to “Air Force Accepts Flawed Boeing Tanker in a $44 Billion Program – Bloomberg”

  1. Kenneth T. said

    Not surprising… governments (state, federal) will sell out there own parents, for the right price.

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