Boeing Completes AF Refueling Tanker Design Review; Maureen Dougherty Comments

Boeing has completed the preliminary design review phase for its program to develop aerial refueling tankers with the U.S. Air Force, the company announced Tuesday. 

The KC-46A went through the design demonstration and testing process from March 21 to April 27, during which the tanker had to meet specific system requirements.

In the summer of 2013, the tanker will undergo another review to determine whether the vehicle systems are ready for full manufacturing and readiness in 2017.

Air Force Maj. Gen. Chris Bogdan, KC-46 program executive officer, said Boeing is staying ahead of schedule developing the tankers. 

The new aircraft will include updated refueling systems and warfighters will use it to transport cargo, patients and passengers, said Maureen Dougherty, Boeing KC-46 tanker vice president and program manager. 

It will also include updated electronic displays, flight control design, a refueling envelop and a KC-10 boom that includes a fly-by-wire control system.

BAE Systems is contracted by Boeing to complete design updates for the tankers’ boom system and actuator control unit.

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