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Boeing KC-46 Pegasus

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First KC-46 for Japan ready for first flight:

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Well I imagine the KC-46 is almost autonomous already. The boom operations could probably be automated in relatively short order. Mostly a social issue inside the USAF and out.
 

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It would appear that KC-46 top of Israel wish list of kit funded by US aid program, presuming needed to improve their ability to bomb Iran.

 

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“[The OBIGGS countdown timer - On-Board Inert Gas Generation System, which is used to convert oxygen in the aircraft’s fuel tanks to nitrogen, preventing the aircraft from exploding if the tanks are hit by lightning or enemy fire] will start at 99, and it will just tick down and we can’t do anything until that timer gets to zero,” said Capt. Michelle McMillen, a KC-46 pilot and the 22nd Operations Group executive officer. “It’s very cumbersome. Sometimes it will randomly reset, and we don’t know why, and then we have to wait for it.”
The problem is a category 2 deficiency, which isn’t considered to have a major impact on safety or operations, said Brig. Gen. Ryan Samuelson, who leads the Air Force’s KC-46 cross-functional team, which coordinates the continued development and fielding of the tanker.

 

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I never realised until I had seen the article that both the KC-46 and the C-17 had hard points.
 

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