Van Ovost’s approval of an interim capability release advances the U.S. Air Force’s capacity for daily tanker operations and supports air refueling requirements, AMC said Monday.
The Cobham-made CDS allows Pegasus to refuel other aircraft with a flow rate of 400 gallons per minute.
“The last six months of operational use and programmatic evaluation indicate conditions have been met for ICR declaration of the centerline drogue system mission set,” said Van Ovost.
The commander said she based her decision on data, risks and constraint analyses.
The ICR plan focused on confidence measures that supported quantitative and qualitative assessments on the drogue system, instead of following a specific timeline.
The Air National Guard started using KC-46 aircraft to refuel F-35 jets, following the tanker’s clearance for limited operations earlier this year.