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Critical defect detected in Boeing KC-46 tanker

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Critical defect detected in Boeing KC-46 tanker

The American new Boeing KC-46 Pegasus tanker, promoted by the U.S. Air Force to replace the obsolete KC-135 Stratotanker, faced another challenge. This was reported by the press service of the US Air Force.


As it turned out, the tanker had a problem with the fuel system, which was assigned to the first category, which means that a defect can lead to the loss of an airplane or make it impossible to complete tasks. Now the problems identified by the Air Force will be fixed by Boeing at its own expense.

According to representatives of the Air Force, the first fuel leaks in the KC-46 were discovered back in July 2019 during tests with refueling in the air. As it turned out, the fault was the backup protection of the fuel system, which turned out to be defective - on several aircraft fuel was found between the primary and secondary barrier of the fuel tanks. Problems were identified in 16 aircraft, seven of which have already been repaired.

It is emphasized that this is the fifth class 1 defect found in the new tanker. Earlier it was reported that the aircraft opened locks during flights to hold cargo on the floor. In addition, the RVS remote viewing system, which allowed operators to control the fuel rod based on camera and sensor data, distorted the image, which could lead to damage to the refueling aircraft.

The KC-46A is being developed from the 2012 of the year based on the cargo version of the Boeing 767 airliner. The aircraft will be able to reach speeds of up to 920 kilometers per hour and fly over a distance of thousands of kilometers to 12,2. The KC-46A will transport up to 92 tons of fuel. As part of the first contract, Boeing must supply the Pegasus tanker with a military 34. In total, the United States Air Force intends to buy 179 such aircraft.
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  1. Invoce
    Invoce April 1 2020 16: 18 New
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    All Boeings, it seems, have "critical defects". Someone is bringing down Boeing. I feel a change of majorities is coming!
    1. kjhg
      kjhg April 1 2020 17: 10 New
      +3
      Quote: Invoce
      All Boeings, it seems, have "critical defects". Someone is bringing down Boeing.

      Nothing special. Previously, the media could not find out about such defects identified during the tests. Now, because of each such case, a multi-story sensation is being built. And the system, meanwhile, is simple, revealed - eliminated. Only with the new passenger bobik did they have a big mess - they could not detect the error on time.
      Quote: Invoce
      I feel the change of majority is coming!

      Not excluded. But this is not fatal with their bankruptcy system. Owners and managers will change, but almost all of the working staff will remain the same. This is their strength. For our enterprises, bankruptcy often results in the complete closure of the enterprise.
  2. Victor_B
    Victor_B April 1 2020 16: 26 New
    +1
    That's bad that they found ...
    What happened without accidents.
    (Accidents - without injuries, with disasters called disaster)
    In the end, what should I wish enemies good luck?
    1. orionvitt
      orionvitt April 1 2020 18: 29 New
      0
      Quote: Victor_B
      That's bad that they found ..
      what should I wish enemies good luck ?.

      We will be satisfied with what we regularly find, and not for the last time. winked
      Let the Latino immigrants be hired for work, maybe the quality will rise. laughing
  3. NF68
    NF68 April 1 2020 16: 26 New
    0
    Something about Boeing went awry.
  4. Sergei 23
    Sergei 23 April 1 2020 16: 36 New
    +1
    The defect was identified, corrected. Working moments.
    1. hydrox
      hydrox April 1 2020 17: 26 New
      +2
      And the defect is systemic, which means that it’s for the whole series - and even fix tyap-blunder ...
      What, besides that, fifty of the brand new 737 Boeings have been mothballed for more than six months and gained a reputation as the most dangerous aircraft in the world?
  5. Vasyan1971
    Vasyan1971 April 1 2020 16: 49 New
    +2
    The American new Boeing KC-46 Pegasus tanker, .... ran into another problem .... which belonged to the first category.
    This was reported by the press service of the US Air Force.

    You think! Fe-35 has these problems, like a flea on a butterfly. And nothing... laughing
  6. knn54
    knn54 April 1 2020 16: 53 New
    0
    The MAIN problem is that the enterprises have recruited "cheap labor". The economy, however.
    1. hydrox
      hydrox April 1 2020 17: 28 New
      +2
      Passengers in a vertically falling plane, such facts somehow do not reassure ...
    2. Alexey RA
      Alexey RA April 1 2020 19: 05 New
      +1
      Quote: knn54
      The MAIN problem is that the enterprises have recruited "cheap labor". The economy, however.

      But the effective manager reported on cost reduction, cost reduction and increased profits. smile
  7. TermNachTer
    TermNachTer April 1 2020 17: 57 New
    -1
    Somehow unlucky mattresses with airplanes. That f -35, one continuous crap, now this tanker.
  8. mmk
    mmk April 1 2020 19: 41 New
    0
    But aren't Boeing engines made of our titanium, the plant which is located near Armyansk (Crimea)?