The U.S. Air Force disputes the assessment by the Pentagon’s top tester that the test program for its prized KC-46 tanker program is not executable.
“The Air Force respects the opinions of the Office of the Director, Operational Test & Evaluation, but does not agree with its assessment that the KC-46 test program is ‘not executable,’” Air Force spokeswoman Jennifer Cassidy said in an email. “The Air Force does acknowledge that Boeing’s overall KC-46 program schedule is considered medium risk, in part due to its aggressive flight-test schedule.”
It’s a tanker. Based on a commercial aircraft design.
Just how much flight test does it need?
Boeing designed and built and closed the entire KC-135 program in less time than the KC-X/KC-46 program has taken so far. And they haven’t even delivered one plane yet!