Magazine article National Defense

The Past and Future of the KC-46A

Magazine article National Defense

The Past and Future of the KC-46A

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Boeing's KC-46A has a long road ahead of it, including first flight of the tanker aircraft and operational testing. All of it could impact Boeing's ability to meet its schedule and add to its bottom line. However, the program has been controversial since its infancy.

2003

* The Air Force decides to lease KC-767 tankers from Boeing. The lease contract is put on hold while the Justice Department investigates Darleen Druyun, a former Air Force procurement official who took a job with Boeing in 2003. She pleads guilty to inflating Boeing's contract as well as passing on information on her friture employer's competitors to company officials. As a result, she and another Boeing official were sent to prison, and the company was fined $615 million.

January 2006

* The Air Force cancels Boeing's lease contract.

January 2007

* Air Force releases request for proposals for KC-X competition. Boeing offers an aerial refueling version of its 767 jetliner. …

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