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Boeing began assembling the first KC-46 tanker transport for the US Air Force

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Boeing began assembling the first KC-46 tanker transport for the US Air Force

Boeing announced the start of assembly at the plant in Everett (Washington units), the first next-generation KC-46A tanker aircraft, intended for delivery to the United States Air Force.


The first 25-meter wing spar for the aircraft was placed on the mounting device.

The US Air Force announced the company Boeing, which proposed the KC-767 transport vehicle project, the winner of the tender for the supply of 179 transport vehicles in February to 2011 in February. The company has a contract worth 3,9 billion euros for the design, testing and construction of the first four KC-X tankers.

Upon completion of the test phase, they will be restored and returned to the US Air Force as part of a general order. According to the terms of the initial agreement for development work, Boeing must deliver the first batch of 18 transports KC-46A to 2017 by the US Air Force. All aircraft will be delivered to the customer by 2027 year. The new aircraft will replace the outdated KC-135 and KC-10 in service.

The development of a new transport tanker is carried out by Boeing on the basis of the Boeing-767-200ER airliner. The draft outline of the aircraft was approved at the beginning of 2012. The next important milestone of the program is to protect the working draft, which will begin next month.

Currently, Boeing experts are preparing an assembly line for mounting the tail and nose of the aircraft fuselage.

As expected, the first aircraft will be assembled in November of this year, and its rollout is scheduled for January next year.

Next June, Boeing will begin installing military systems on the aircraft at its Seattle facility, and will also begin testing it. The first flight of a fully stocked tanker is scheduled for the start of the 2015 of the year, and the delivery of the USAF to the 2016 of the year. As planned, the Boeing will supply the US Air Force 15 KC-46A aircraft annually at the mass production stage.
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  1. Canep
    Canep 1 July 2013 09: 24 New
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    I hope they will have a lot of problems, about the same as with the sleepliner.
    1. ShturmKGB
      ShturmKGB 1 July 2013 09: 28 New
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      Something too little time has passed from the approval of the preliminary design in 2012 to the working draft in 2013. As if again as with F-35 it did not work, to fix errors on the go ...
      1. Manager
        Manager 1 July 2013 09: 51 New
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        ShturmKGB
        Something too little time has passed from the approval of the preliminary design in 2012 to the working draft in 2013. As if again as with F-35 it did not work, to fix errors on the go ...


        Well, I think I agree with you, but on the other hand, almost all the errors of fu35 and fu 22 have been fixed and a huge amount has gone into the series. 22nd have already gone for export. So to speak, they began to pay back. I think here they, too, in which case everything will quickly be fixed. They have no problems with financing and a whip.
        1. Basileus
          Basileus 1 July 2013 10: 09 New
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          Gygs, can you tell me which countries are importers of the F-22? And how do two hundred airplanes combine with the word "huge"?
          1. Manager
            Manager 1 July 2013 10: 20 New
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            Quote: Basileus
            Do not tell me which countries are importers of F-22

            They went to Israel 22nd.
            Quote: Basileus
            And how do two hundred airplanes combine with the word "huge"?

            Given that this is 5 generations and the price of one F 22 is $ 146,2 million, this amount can be called grandiose.
            1. Basileus
              Basileus 1 July 2013 10: 37 New
              +2
              Proof of Israel, please. The 35th went, and the 22nd Kagbe restricted to travel abroad.

              In general, it’s funny to cover your ignorance with minuses))
              1. Manager
                Manager 1 July 2013 10: 58 New
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                Quote: Basileus
                Proof of Israel, please. The 35th went, and the 22nd Kagbe restricted to travel abroad.

                Note that at present the American leadership is considering the lifting of the ban on the export of F-22 fighters. In addition to Israel, Japan claims to purchase them, seeking to build up its military potential to protect against DPRK missile threats. However, in this case, Tokyo will have to pay for the development of an export modification of the aircraft, and its cost will significantly exceed the price of the basic version.


                Lenta.ru. The Israeli Air Force will consider the possibility of purchasing fifth-generation F-22 Raptor fighters if its export is authorized by the US Congress. This, according to The Jerusalem Post, said an unnamed source in the military department of the country. According to the source, the decision of Israel will depend on the cost of the aircraft, their availability and delivery time.


                Negotiations between the United States and Israel over the purchase of F-35 fighter jets are still not entirely successful.
                1. Basileus
                  Basileus 1 July 2013 11: 06 New
                  +2
                  You said you went for export. This word implies that they are already exported. Only a problem - four years have passed since the publication of the news, no less than four years, and the F-22 has not only ceased to be produced, but also export is still closed for it.
                  1. Manager
                    Manager 1 July 2013 11: 26 New
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                    Quote: Basileus
                    You said you went for export. This word implies that they are already exported. Only a problem - four years have passed since the publication of the news, no less than four years, and the F-22 has not only ceased to be produced, but also export is still closed for it.


                    Initially, I confused them, but today in the latest news it slipped that the 22nd would go to Israel. And the 4-year news only confirms what is happening today
                    1. Basileus
                      Basileus 1 July 2013 11: 56 New
                      0
                      Will there be news?
                      1. Manager
                        Manager 1 July 2013 12: 26 New
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                        Quote: Basileus
                        Will there be news?

                        Well, if the TV channel "Arms" catches you, then see the news there. This morning I watched the news there.
      2. Airman
        Airman 1 July 2013 10: 03 New
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        ShturmKGB
        Something too little time has passed from the approval of the preliminary design in 2012 to the working draft in 2013. As if again as with F-35 it did not work, to fix errors on the go ...


        The refueling tank is created on the basis of the Boeing 767-200 spent in the series, so problems can arise only with the installation of refueling equipment.
  2. SPIRITofFREEDOM
    SPIRITofFREEDOM 1 July 2013 09: 27 New
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    Well, of course, to carry shit democracy, you need a lot of transporters wassat
  3. bulvas
    bulvas 1 July 2013 10: 17 New
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    ... the winner of the tender for the supply of 179 refueling transports in February 2011. A contract worth 3,9 billion euros has been signed with the company ...


    why the euro? black spot or intermediate source?

    179 - too much, will be able to provide global flights of their aircraft
  4. KononAV
    KononAV 1 July 2013 10: 29 New
    -2
    Hmm, and our entire BTA ordered 100 aircraft (((
    1. bulvas
      bulvas 1 July 2013 10: 57 New
      +4
      ours do not have such tasks, operations around the world
      1. Nayhas
        Nayhas 1 July 2013 11: 36 New
        +1
        That’s not the point, we just don’t have as many airplanes equipped with a refueling system ... And then the country is large, without a large refueling in the air, it will take a long time to carry out large-scale transfer of aircraft from the western districts to the Far East ...
      2. Airman
        Airman 1 July 2013 12: 04 New
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        Quote: bulvas
        ours do not have such tasks, operations around the world


        So there will be!
  5. Russ69
    Russ69 1 July 2013 11: 48 New
    +2
    We have on the basis of IL-476, like by 2018 they want to make a new tanker. Now there is simply not enough capacity, we must first begin to fulfill the contract for transport workers, and increase capacity.
  6. sashka
    sashka 1 July 2013 12: 18 New
    +2
    I have a relative doing internship in Seattle at the factory .. The truth is, they almost planted Prima cigarettes .. But that doesn't matter. First of all, everything is free on the territory, Tea, coffee, burgers, and most importantly, the pace of construction .. At that time I worked for Tapo and Ch. He drove me into a state of shock .. We then made six and a half cars a month and thought that horseradish who will overtake .. It turned out a blow with a club on the skull ..
    Of the 99 aircraft delivered this year, Boeing 737, six - Boeing 747, seven - Boeing 767, 20 - Boeing 777, five - Boeing 787. The portfolio of orders for commercial aircraft exceeded 4 thousand aircraft for a total of $ 308 billion. The aircraft manufacturer plans deliver to customers this year 585–600 aircraft, including 70–85 Boeing 787 and Boeing 747-8.
    What can I say, what can I say ... Every 15-20 minutes Aircraft ... UNEMPLOYMENT DOES NOT THREAT THEM. And in Saratov, the Aviazavod was simply demolished to hell. Why clog your head with all sorts of nonsense?
  7. Alexey M
    Alexey M 1 July 2013 12: 42 New
    0
    The first flight of a fully equipped tanker is scheduled for early 2015, and the delivery of the U.S. Air Force is scheduled for 2016. As planned, at the serial production stage, Boeing will supply the US Air Force with 15 KC-46A aircraft per year.
    And bastards do. !!!
    To us, and even in the best of times, we had much worse indicators.
    And if they mobilize their industry in wartime, then they will rivet 5 planes a month.
    1. sashka
      sashka 1 July 2013 12: 52 New
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      In the best of times, six (6) cars were made. Per month. In the Soviet Union. Now judging by the reports from the ministers (1), one in two (2) years .. Is this about Ulyanovsk. Is it true that you get hurt? When should you start screaming fame poo? After all, for twenty years the movement has never happened .. All the steam went to the HIND ...