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Boeing looks to make up for lost time on KC-46

3rd December 2020 - 12:00 GMT | by Tim Martin in London

Boeing has made steady delivery and test progress on the KC-46A Pegasus programme, as it suggests past technical issues of the aircraft are no longer in play.

'False starts' that have plagued Boeing’s KC-46A Pegasus programme are over in the estimation of the manufacturer, as it anticipates a smoother partnership with the USAF going forward.

Responsible for producing 179 of the multirole tankers to the service (replacing KC-135 Stratotankers and KC-10 Extenders), Boeing has now delivered 40 of that total to ‘four main operating bases’ and continues to run through a ‘rigorous’ Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) phase, according to Tim Flood, director of KC-46 international sales.

Such progress could be critical in changing the perception of the programme as a troubled one, dogged …

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