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Will Roper Eyes Autonomous Capabilities for Air Force’s Future Tankers

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Will Roper, assistant secretary for acquisition, technology and logistics at the U.S. Air Force and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said a redesign of the KC-46 Pegasus aerial refueling aircraft’s remote vision system is driving the service to plan for the possible integration of autonomous or semi-autonomous capabilities into its next tanker, the Military website reported Thursday.

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Will Roper: Air Force, Boeing Deal on KC-46 Could Lead to Autonomous Aerial Refueling

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Will Roper, acquisition executive at the U.S. Air Force and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said a deal between the service and Boeing to implement a final remote vision system design for the KC-46A Pegasus tanker could pave the way for autonomous aerial refueling of other aircraft, Defense News reported Wednesday.

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Roberto Guerrero: Air Force Should Improve Operational Data Analysis to Boost Combat Capability

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Roberto Guerrero, deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Air Force for operational energy, has said the service should build up readiness and combat capability against potential adversaries through comprehensive collection and analysis of data related to operational energy use. “By collecting flight data across all aircraft and missions, measuring fuel use and other operational parameters, and analyzing how we equip our ranges and conduct training, we can better understand operational and logistical challenges,” he wrote in a Defense News commentary published Thursday.

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Air Force Tests C-130J Hardware, Software Upgrades

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U.S. Air Force airmen have performed a training flight using an updated version of the Lockheed Martin-built C-130J Super Hercules at Little Rock Air Force Base in an effort to test the operability of the aircraft’s new hardware and software features. The Air Force said Tuesday airmen from the 19th and …

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