Air refueling

June 13, 2011 - 7:13am
The in-development Boeing KC-46A refuelling tanker will be based on the compa...

Since winning the $4 billion contract from the U.S. Air Force for development and engineering of the KC-X refuelling tanker last February, Boeing has provided only generalities on the design of its KC-46A. Last week, during a series of media briefings in Philadelphia and St.

May 23, 2011 - 10:25am
Italy now has two of the four KC-767 tanker-transports it ordered in 2002....

There was news last week of two long-delayed air-refueling tanker contracts. The Italian air force (AMI–Aeronautica Militare Italiano) formally accepted into service two of the four Boeing KC-767 tanker-transports that it ordered more than eight years ago. But Airbus Military conceded that another few weeks will likely pass before the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) accepts its first two A330MRTTs.

March 4, 2011 - 9:00am
Boeing’s 767 NextGen Tanker won the well-contested KC-X competition. The cont...

Boeing has won the KC-X competition and been awarded a $3.5 billion contract for Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) of the 767 NextGen Tanker, including four aircraft. Follow-on contracts to procure 175 production aircraft in 18 lots will be worth at least $30 billion. The new tanker will be designated KC-46A and the first 18 are planned to be in service by 2017.

February 25, 2011 - 9:30am
Boeing's 767 NextGen Tanker will be designated the KC-46A in its service with...

Boeing has won the KC-X competition and been awarded a $3.5 billion contract for engineering and manufacturing development of the 767 NextGen Tanker, including four aircraft. Follow-on contracts to procure 175 production aircraft in 18 lots will be worth at least $30 billion. The new tanker will be designated KC-46A and the first 18 are planned to be in service by 2017.

February 24, 2011 - 4:57am
Airbus’s A330MRTT appears to be poised to win the long-running battle to supp...

Airbus and Boeing officials are expecting a call from the Pentagon at 4:45 p.m. Eastern Standard Time this afternoon to inform them which company has won the $35 billion contract for the new U.S. Air Force KC-X tanker. The Pentagon will then make a public announcement about the award at 5:10 p.m. EST, Airbus and Boeing spokespeople told AIN.

February 4, 2011 - 5:45am
The RAAF is the launch customer for the A330MRTT, but Airbus and the service ...

Airbus Military has flight-tested the fuselage refueling unit (FRU) of the A330 multi-role tanker transport (MRTT) for the first time. The Cobham-supplied FRU is a hose-and-drogue system that is fitted to the version destined for the UK Royal Air Force as its future strategic tanker aircraft (FSTA). It transfers fuel at a greater rate than the underwing hose-and-drogue units that Cobham supplies for all A330MRTTs.

January 7, 2011 - 5:06am
Marshall Aerospace is upgrading the avionics of nine Lockheed Tristar tanker ...

Marshall Aerospace has completed development of an avionics upgrade for the UK Royal Air Force (RAF) fleet of nine Lockheed Tristar tanker-transports. The work was designed to avoid obsolescence problems that now affect these aging aircraft, and to provide compliance with the latest requirements for flying in civil airspace, such as CNS/ATM.

January 7, 2011 - 4:48am
The Royal Australian Air Force is the launch customer for the Airbus Military...

The Pentagon’s decision in the third round of the KC-X competition is now expected next month. Meanwhile, the Senate Armed Services Committee will hear testimony concerning the inadvertent leak of competition-sensitive data to the competing contractors.

December 29, 2010 - 4:39am

Some in the business aviation industry leave behind their families and jobs to serve in active war zones. In the continuing AIN series intended to recognize those in our ­community who defend the way of life we continue to enjoy back home, senior editor David A. ­Lombardo spoke with Duncan Aviation airframe mechanic Derrick Buggi about his recent service in the Mid East. This is Buggi’s story.

December 3, 2010 - 7:03am
Boeing and EADS both got a surprise in the mail last month: details of their ...

The U.S. Air Force’s much delayed and troubled attempts to procure a new-generation tanker hit an embarrassing snag in November, when the evaluating office inadvertently sent out technical assessments of each proposal to the opposing bidders. The documents in question were the Integrated Fleet Aerial Refueling Assessments (IFARA) that model tanker operations in various scenarios.

 
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