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Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost: Air Mobility Command Eyes Conditions-Based Approach for KC-46 Operational Use

Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost

Gen, Jacqueline Van Ovost, commander of Air Mobility Command (AMC), said AMC plans to adopt a conditions-based approach to increase operational use of the KC-46 Pegasus tanker manufactured by Boeing as the aircraft program reaches for full operational capability. Van Ovost said the command intends to certify mission sets on an incremental basis to increase tanker capacity to support Joint Force operational taskings.

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USAF Extends Boeing Contract to Deliver Japan KC-46 Tankers; Col. Jason Lindsey, Will Shaffer Quoted

Will Shaffer

Boeing will deliver the third and fourth Boeing KC-46 tanker through the Foreign Military Sale (FMS) process for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s (JASDF), following the U.S. Air Force's extension option. “Japan’s new tankers will play an invaluable role in the security alliance between our two countries,” said Col. Jason Lindsey, U.S. Air Force KC-46 System program manager.

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

Will Roper

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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USAF Tests KC-46 Tanker Refueling With F-16 Aircraft

McConnell Air Force Base conducted a sortie with the KC-46 Pegasus to verify the aircraft's normal operation and functionality of air refueling systems. The U.S. Air Force's 344th Air Refueling Squadron refilled two F-16 Fighting Falcons four times with about 29,000 pounds of fuel offloaded during the flight, USAF's Team McChord said Thursday

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Report: Leadership Changes at DoD Delay First KC-46 Delivery

The delivery of the first Boeing-built KC-46 tanker aircraft to the U.S. Air Force was postponed following the resignation of Defense Secretary James Mattis, Defense News reported Monday. A source said the service branch was scheduled to receive the first tanker on Monday but leadership changes at DoD stalled the decision on KC-46.
 

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