The Tanker testing and validation process is 90% complete. The tanker is configured with drogue and center line refueling points. The bigger rigid, fly-by-wire refueling boom telescopes out to deliver 1200 gallons per minute The The tanker’s center line hose-and-drogue system and wing tip aerial refueling pods (s) systems supplied by Cobham (Hall 2b ) each offload fuel at 400 gallons per minute.Drogue lines are just like gasoline hoses at the pump but extend out at a safe distance for the war fighters needing fuel. These drogue delivery systems are currently a work in progress. The center line is ready for prime time.
Problems with design and wiring have tumbled the time to delivery backwards affecting the s system. The WARP delivery phase will occur in early 2018 at this time. The Pegasus will start delivery at year's end 2017 without WARP testing complete. The first three KC-46 LRIP batches will flow forward quickly as Boeing now moves 20 in the production line at this time.
The program was 90 percent complete with the requirements of obtaining an amended type certificate from the for the 767-2C baseline freighter with tanker-system provisions, and 60 percent complete toward securing a supplemental type certificate for the full -46 tanker.