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Air Force’s Mismanagement of KC-46 Tanker Program Is Costing It $100 Million, IG Says

June 3, 2021

From the Military.com website

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The U.S. Air Force‘s KC-46 tanker program office should have dealt with problems with the aircraft’s refueling boom years ago, during its development, according to a May 27 Defense Department Inspector General report.

Instead, the service is working with Boeing Co., the tanker’s manufacturer, to redesign the boom — at a cost of $100 million.

The KC-46 Pegasus has had many issues, including how the boom connects and disconnects when refueling aircraft. Pilots flying certain receiver aircraft, such as the A-10 Warthog and F-16 Fighting Falcon, have reported the need to use more power to move the boom forward to maintain refueling position.

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