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Boeing Proposes New Schedule for Tanker Aircraft Production, Delivery

KC46ABoeing has proposed a new schedule for the production and delivery of the KC-46 tanker aircraft following troubles the company encountered during the development of the first four aircraft.

The Government Accountability Office said Friday Boeing plans to turn over 18 aircraft to the U.S. Air Force by August 2017 and complete operational testing by October 2017.

GAO added that the contractor will deliver the aircraft over six months instead of the initial plan of 14 months.

Boeing will also use its own resources to correct defects that might be discovered later in the production, according to GAO.

GAO is mandated under the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 to review the KC-46 program each year through 2017.

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