KC-46 Tanker Aircraft, program generally on track, but upcoming schedule remains challenging: report to congressional committees.

KC-46 Tanker Aircraft, program generally on track, but upcoming schedule remains challenging: report to congressional committees.

by U.S. Government Accountability Office

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Overview

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Aerial refueling allows U.S. military aircraft to fly farther, stay airborne longer, and transport more weapons, equipment, and supplies. Yet the mainstay of the U.S. tanker forces-the KC-135 Stratotanker-is over 50 years old. It is increasingly costly to support and its age-related problems could potentially ground the fleet. As a result, the Air Force initiated the $51 billion KC-46 program to replace the aerial refueling fleet. The program plans to produce 18 tankers by 2017 and 179 aircraft in total.
The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 mandated GAO to annually review the KC-46 program through 2017. This report addresses (1) progress made in 2013 toward cost, schedule, and performance goals, (2) development challenges, if any, and steps to address them, and (3) progress made in manufacturing the aircraft. To do this, GAO reviewed key program documents and discussed development and production plans and results with officials from the KC-46 program office, other defense offices, and the prime contractor, Boeing.
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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781973973263
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 07/28/2017
Pages: 40
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

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