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.Read More »
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.Read More »
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.
Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of the U.S. Strategic Command, has confirmed the establishment of Joint Force Component Commands responsible for space, air, sea and missile defense efforts as part of a series of changes at Stratcom, Breaking Defense reported Wednesday. Hyten also ordered to put an end to six nuclear …Read More »
Brig. Gen. Duke Richardson, program executive officer for tankers at the U.S. Air Force, has been promoted to the rank of major general and has been appointed PEO to oversee the Air Force One replacement program, Aviation Week reported Tuesday. Lara Seligman writes Richardson’s appointment came months after President Donald Trump raised …Read More »
The service chiefs of the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force have said budget uncertainty is one of the primary challenges to efforts to maintain military readiness, DoD News reported Thursday. Cheryl Pellerin writes Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley appeared with Air Force Chief of Staff …Read More »
The U.S. Air Force has selected nine bases as finalist candidates to potentially host a Boeing-made refueling tanker and will announce its selections in spring 2013, the branch’s news service reports. Four bases are candidates to become the first active-duty led main operating base for the KC-46A and five others …Read More »