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Air Force, Boeing Complete All KC-46 Flight Tests; Will Roper Comments

Air Force, Boeing Complete All KC-46 Flight Tests; Will Roper Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting event
Air Force, Boeing Complete All KC-46 Flight Tests; Will Roper Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting event
Will Roper

Boeing and the U.S. Air Force have completed all flight tests required for the company to deliver the first KC-46 tanker aircraft to the service branch in October.

The aircraft’s military type and receiver certification tests with the KC-135, F-16 and C-17 aircraft platforms concluded last week, Boeing said Friday.

KC-46 receiver testing activity kicked off in April and took place at Boeing Field in Washington and Edwards AF Base in California.

“With this milestone complete, the test program has demonstrated a level of maturity that positions Boeing to deliver, and the Air Force to accept, an aircraft by the end of October 2018,“ Will Roper, service acquisition executive at the USAF and a 2018 Wash100 recipient, said in a statement released Friday.

Air Force, Boeing Complete All KC-46 Flight Tests; Will Roper Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting eventMike Gibbons, Boeing KC-46A tanker vice president and program manager, said the company will now work toward obtaining a supplemental type certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration and formal MTC from the service branch.

The aircraft program is set to transition to a follow-on receiver testing and certification efforts needed to begin operational tests sometime in 2019.

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