The substitution of the U.S. Air Force aerial tankers

On pages DID Focus is detailed review major weapons procurement programs MO USA. A more fundamental for the U.S. Air Force is substitution Fleet air tankers. In January 2007, there was hesitation whether to contest the proposed U.S. programmke KC-X, spanning 175 production aircraft and 4 test platforms. Total expenditure is only the first step will exceed $ 25 billion because the South American air tanker fleet needs new aircraft to spoof operated at the current time KC-135, the last of which was delivered in 1965. In the unlikely event that advanced age or wear and tear (about what happened with the fighter F-15A-D in 2008) can throw-Free America air tankers, which in turn will substantially reduce the combat potential of the Air Force United States.

Applets KC-Y and KC-Z can be followed in the decades to the substitution of 530 (195 in the Air Force, 251 in the Air Force National Guard, 84 in reserve) air tankers, and languid 59 KC-10 tankers of the U.S. Air Force, set in 1979-1987. On the other hand, monetary and demographic realities may complicate the purchase of 179 aircraft KC-X for the U.S. Air Force. In any case, the stakes in this program are very high for all concerned.

In the end, the end of the programs from the company came out with a Boeing KC-767 aircraft NexGen/KC-46A (based on the model 767) and the North with the South American branch EADS KC-45A (based on Airbus KC-30/A330-200). The final decision for the Pentagon and Congress. In any case, the big money and the ability to guarantee the employment prospects of a serious political struggle regardless of winning at least some of the parties.

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