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Re: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019

Wed Nov 13, 2019 9:21 pm

SamYeager2016 wrote:
Perhaps they should rename the company as Bodgit & Sons with their philosophy of "Never mind about fixing it, just bodge it"?

An update on the cargo locks issue,

KC-46 cargo solution still ‘months’ away

The U.S. Air Force expects to resolve a safety issue with the cargo capability of its KC-46A Pegasus tanker within “months,” the service’s top acquisition official said Tuesday.

Will Roper said he is “confident” the issue would get fixed and that the problem,— which has led the Air Force to stop the tankers from flying with cargo in their holds — was not his top concern for the Boeing-made plane.

“The issue with the locks was identified. We’re working options currently with Boeing and their supplier,” Roper said at a breakfast hosted by the Defense Writers Group. “We’re looking to our operators to tell us which one of the solutions that have been identified is the one that they prefer."


Roper said the cargo issue “goes into the kind of normal deficiency space” and noted that it’s the type of issue that is discovered by the normal testing process. The more long-term issues, such as the remote visual system, are “the areas I keep the most focus on,” he said.

https://www.defensenews.com/air/2019/11 ... nths-away/

Looks like the cargo hook issue isn’t going to be a quick fix but it also isn’t high on the list of concerns for the USAF compared to the other category one deficiencies.
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Re: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019

Thu Nov 14, 2019 2:40 pm

The U.S. Air Force has approved a retrofit to prevent cargo locks on an aerial refueling tanker from coming undone midflight, officials said Tuesday.

Will Roper, the Air Force's top acquisition official, told Defense News he's confident the KC-46A Pegasus aerial refueling tanker's malfunctioning cargo locks will be fixed within months.

https://www.upi.com/Defense-News/2019/1 ... 573588799/

Sounds about right. If they approved of the fix, then it would take Boeing about a month to update the SOW and start releasing retrofit drawings. Then depending on if new parts need to be built or if COTS parts can be used (and the lead time needed to get the parts) it can take anywhere between one to 6 months (or longer).

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