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Pegasus flies amid budget issues

26th September 2015 - 14:00 GMT | by Grant Turnbull in London


Budget uncertainty in Washington has the potential to severely affect the US Air Force’s KC-46A programme, despite the new tanker making its maiden flight. 

The second engineering, manufacturing and development (EMD) aircraft – designated EMD-2 – lifted off from Boeing’s facility in Washington state on 25 September. The first flight is a positive development for the KC-46A, which has suffered several setbacks over the last 12 months.

But political wrangling between US lawmakers currently trying to agree on next year’s defence budget could result in a stop-gap spending measure – known as continuing resolution (CR) – coming into effect. 

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Grant Turnbull


Grant Turnbull

Grant Turnbull was the editor of Land Warfare International and Digital Battlespace magazines with Shephard …

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