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KC-46 inches toward delivery

30th April 2018 - 12:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Boeing’s KC-46 tanker programme has completed all required Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) flight tests, the company announced on 26 April.

The final test was a refuelling/communications flight with a C-17 Globemaster III.

The STC covers the military systems installed on the 767-2C aircraft to convert it into a tanker. It is one of two required FAA airworthiness certifications. The company will submit the resulting data and reports to the FAA for review in advance of the STC award.

During the testing, the combined Boeing/air force team had to validate both the boom and drogue systems for aerial refuelling with multiple receiver aircraft. The team also demonstrated that the KC-46 can take on fuel from KC-135, KC-10 and other KC-46 tankers, conducted night and day lighting tests, and tested the aircraft defensive systems and avionics.

The KC-46A is a multirole tanker that can refuel allied and coalition military aircraft compatible with international aerial refuelling procedures and can carry passengers, cargo and patients.

Boeing received an Amended Type Certificate from the FAA for its core 767-2C configuration - a modified version of the company’s commercial 767 with revised structure, wiring and plumbing - in December 2017.

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