The Air Force KC-46A Aerial Refueling Tanker: Purpose, Plans, and Progress


Julia D. Gibson (Editor)

Series: Military and Veteran Issues
BISAC: HIS027140

On February 24, 2011, the Department of Defense (DOD) announced the Boeing Company as the winner of a competition to build 179 new KC-46A aerial refueling tankers for the Air Force, a contract valued at roughly $35 billion. Prior to the announcement, the program had been known as KC-X. This book examines the KC-46A acquisition program which is a subject of intense interest because of the dollar value of the contract, the number of jobs it would create, the importance of tanker aircraft to U.S. military operations, and because DOD’s previous attempts to acquire a new tanker since 2001 had ultimately failed. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Air Force KC-46A Tanker Aircraft Program: Background and Issues for Congress
(Jeremiah Gertler, CRS)

KC-46 Tanker Aircraft: Acquisition Plans Have Good Features but Contain Schedule Risk

KC-46 Tanker Aircraft: Program Generally Stable but Improvements in Managing Schedule Are Needed


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