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FAA Approves Boeing KC-46 Tanker Configuration

FAA Approves Boeing KC-46 Tanker Configuration - top government contractors - best government contracting event

FAA Approves Boeing KC-46 Tanker Configuration - top government contractors - best government contracting eventBoeing has obtained an amended type certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration for the 767-2C airframe configuration of company-built KC-46 military tanker aircraft.

The company said Thursday it conducted a series of analyses and laboratory, ground and flight tests to verify the performance of KC-46 components that include avionics, fuel system and auto-flight and environmental control systems.

767-2C is a modified version of Boeing’s commercial 767 plane that features remodeled structure, wiring and plumbing.

Boeing also seeks a supplemental type certificate, the second of two FAA airworthiness certifications that the KC-46 tanker program must secure.

STC covers all military systems that are installed on 767-2C to transform it into a tanker.

The KC-46A multirole tanker is designed to refuel allied and coalition military aircraft as well as transport passengers, cargo and patients.

Boeing is contracted to produce 34 KC-46As for the U.S. Air Force.

The service branch looks to buy a total of 179 tankers from the company throughout the program.

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