More trouble for Boeing as Pentagon refuses KC-46 tanker deliveries over quality issues

"The Air Force again halted acceptance of new KC-46 tanker aircraft as we continue to work with Boeing to ensure that every aircraft delivered meets the highest quality and safety standards," Wilson told the panel.

More trouble for Boeing as Pentagon refuses KC-46 tanker deliveries over quality issues
Boeing - (Source: PTI)
By: ABP News Bureau
Updated: 03 Apr 2019 08:10 AM
Washington: US aviation major Boeing which has been facing severe criticism after technical snag reported in its 737 MAX planes had more bad news coming their way as the US Air Force on Tuesday halted for a second time the acceptance of new KC-46 tankers due to ongoing quality issues.

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson revealed the March 23 decision -- another setback in the already delayed air tanker program -- during a budget hearing in Congress.


"The Air Force again halted acceptance of new KC-46 tanker aircraft as we continue to work with Boeing to ensure that every aircraft delivered meets the highest quality and safety standards," Wilson told the panel.

She said that Air Force inspectors had discovered "foreign object debris" in the new planes that should not have been there as well as other areas "where Boeing did not meet quality standards." The problems were "unrelated to design or engineering specifications," she noted.

But it was the second time this year Boeing faced the same criticism. The Air Force took its first KC-46 in January, more than one year late.
Currently they have seven KC-46 aircraft in service.

The Air Force plans to buy 179 KC-46s over the course of the program. Based on the airframe of the Boeing 767, the aerial refueller is to replace the Air Force's aging line of KC-10 and KC-135 tankers, many of which were manufactured during the Cold War.

The Air Force chose Boeing to build the tanker over Airbus in 2011 after a furious battle between the two companies over the massive contract.

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