Boeing will miss its deadline for the KC-46

Boeing will miss its deadline for the KC-46

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A KC-46 Pegasus refuels an A-10 Thunderbolt II with 1,500 pounds of fuel July 15, 2016. The mission was the last of all flight tests required for the tanker’s Milestone C production decision. Photo by John D. Parker/Boeing Dec. 4 (UPI) — Boeing will miss its deadline to deliver the first KC-46 tanker to the U.S. Air Force by the end of the year — an admission that comes a little over month after the company was "very confident" it could meet its self-imposed demand.

The KC-46 Pegasus is a wide-bodied aerial refueling tanker jet being developed for the U.S. Air Force, and it is capable of refueling all U.S. and allied military aircraft capable of mid-air refueling.

"We’re not going to be delivering a tanker this year," Leanne Caret, president and CEO of Boeing Defense and Security, told Defense News .

"We are extremely close, we will be delivering [the tankers] […]

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