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Boeing advances manned-unmanned teaming with MQ-25 Stingray

Boeing announced on September 6 that it has digitally demonstrated a new open autonomy architecture for the MQ-25A Stingray carrier-based aerial refuelling UAV that will allow the US Navy to increase mission effectiveness by integrating MUM-T capability at speed and scale

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Israel strikes again in latest Gaza operation

The arrest of leading Islamic terrorist, Bassem Saadi, by Israeli troops in the West Bank city of Jenin on August 1 led to fighting between Israel and the militant group of jihadis in Gaza

Boeing contracted for US, Israeli KC-46A production

Boeing has been awarded two contracts – with a combined worth that exceeds $3bn – to produce another 15 KC-46A Pegasus tankers for the USAF and to build and deliver the four examples ordered by Israel through the FMS process

KC-46A makes emergency landing with boom still deployed

A USAF-operated KC-46A Pegasus was forced to make an emergency landing on August 23 with the refuelling boom still deployed after a malfunction in the retraction system

USAF KC-46A in-flight refuels CV-22B for the first time

The USAF’s Boeing KC-46A Pegasus tanker fleet reached another milestone on June 1, after the type successfully refuelled a CV-22B Osprey tiltrotor in flight for the first time

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Reinforcing Europe: How the USAF has helped bolster NATO's eastern flank

Babak Taghvaee details how USAF fighters, tankers and intelligence-gathering aircraft have been used to bolster NATO’s eastern flank in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

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Further details emerge of LMXT platform

Further details have emerged of the Lockheed Martin/Airbus Defence and Space partnership to bid for the US Government’s KC-Y ‘Bridging Air Tanker’ programme, which is seeking between 140 and 160 additional tankers from 2029

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Whatever happened to the KC-767A

Stratotanker was one of the most difficult and controversial tasks ever undertaken by the USAF. We detail the rise and fall of the ill-fated KC-767A deal

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China to enhance aerial refuelling capabilities with new Y-20U tanker

We examine China's new Xi'an Y-20U tanker aircraft, which stretched its legs for the first time during a probe of Taiwan's ADIZ in late 2021, and details how the new platform will boost the PLAAF's air-to-air refueling capabilities

MacDill AFB titled preferred location for next KC-46A Pegasus base

The US Department of the Air Force selected MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, for the preferred location to host the next active-duty KC-46A Pegasus unit on December 21