USAF risks bearing costs of future KC-46 delays

The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended that the US Air Force (USAF) fully test the KC-46A tanker programme’s remote vision system (RVS) before the technology enters service in order to address previously highlighted deficiencies.

In a late-January report, the GAO revealed that manufacturer Boeing and the USAF were working to address several deficiencies in the KC-46 programme that were delaying the type’s use of full aerial refuelling capabilities. Of these, two relate to the aircraft’s RVS, which allows operators to observe and reposition the boom, and currently cannot work in changing light conditions.

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