New Air Force tanker later this year, to improve and extend the attack missions

The KC-46A Tanker will usher in a new era of aerial refueling technology. (Credit: US Air Force)

The air force of the USA is getting the new, high-tech KC-46A refueling tanker later this year. The next generation of aircraft will mark the beginning of the replacement of an outdated fleet, as well as the expansion of the Air Force the ability to attack and ISR missions, according to the officials.

The new KC-46A tanker will expand on the terms of the existing missions and will be stationed at strategic places all over the world in an attempt to increase the effectiveness and suitability of the Air Force, developers said.

Air Force spokeswoman Maj. Emily Grabowski said the air force and Boeing recently the risk evaluation of the aircraft. Still must undergo extensive testing, but the first tanker should be supplied for 2018 to close, with more to come in the next decade.

“This assessment Is based on known risks and the expected impacts associated with the airworthiness certification and slower than expected flight out of the execution of the test. The air force will continue to work with Boeing to develop plans solutions, where appropriate, to accelerate the program,” Grabowski said.

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