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KC-46 Tanker completes Integrated Baseline Review

written by australianaviation.com.au | September 29, 2011

The KC-46 will fly in early 2015.

The Boeing KC-46 Tanker program successfully completed its Integrated Baseline Review (IBR) with the USAF on August 24.

The IBR was attended by senior USAF program officials, and validated the program’s technical scope and set milestones for the design and development phase.

“We remain on plan with the KC-46 development program from a technical, schedule and cost perspective,” said Maureen Dougherty, Boeing vice president and KC-46 Tanker program manager. “The IBR process reinforces that we have the right technical baseline, management approach and staffing levels in place to execute this contract. We’re well positioned to deliver our first 18 combat-ready tankers in 78 months.”

Milestones moving forward include the a Preliminary Design Review (PDR) in the first quarter of 2012, a Critical Design Review (CDR) in the third quarter of 2013, and the KC-46 tanker’s first flight in early 2015.

Based on the 767 airliner, the USAF will order 179 KC-46As to replace KC-135s in service from 2017.

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