The US Air Force has been reported as saying that initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E) of the Boeing KC-46A tanker are not now expected to begin until at least next January.

IOT&E was originally expected to begin in May until the schedule was pushed back after Boeing discovered higher than expected axial loads on the refuelling boom. Delivery of the first 18 tankers is now scheduled for February 2018.

17 February 2017