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New York (AirGuideBusiness - Aerospace & Defense News - Defense North America) May 13, 2012

Boeing Boeing CEO says 787 may not be destined as aerial tanker. Jim Albaugh, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, says the 787 may not be ideal as an aerial refueling tanker. "I'm not certain this airplane lends itself ... to being a derivative because this is an airplane we took a lot of weight out of," Albaugh said. May 8, 2012

Boeing Boeing KC-46 Tanker Program Successfully Completes Preliminary Design Review. The Boeing KC-46 Tanker program has completed a Preliminary Design Review (PDR) with the U.S. Air Force, a key milestone in the development of the next-generation aerial refueling tanker. The review, which began March 21 and ended April 27, demonstrated that the preliminary design of the KC-46A Tanker meets system requirements and establishes the basis for proceeding with detailed design. Boeing remains on plan to deliver 18 combat-ready KC-46A Tankers by 2017. "I'm happy with Boeing's performance. They're maintaining a very tight focus on meeting commitments and staying on or ahead of schedule. The program remains on a good path," said Air Force Maj. Gen. Chris Bogdan, KC-46 Program executive officer. "This is important news for the nation's warfighters, because it reaffirms our commitment to delivering the KC-46A tanker on schedule." The program's next major milestone is a Critical Design Review (CDR) that will take place in the summer of 2013. The CDR will determine that the design of the KC-46A is mature and ready to proceed to the manufacturing phase. "The KC-46 team is designing an aircraft that will offer superior, modern multi-role capabilities for the warfighter, including advanced refueling systems and military avionics, and the ability to transport cargo, passengers and patients," said Maureen Dougherty, Boeing KC-46 Tanker vice president and program manager. "Working closely with our Air Force teammates, we've made tremendous progress in the past 14 months and have the foundation in place to enter the detailed design phase." In addition to the successful PDR, the Boeing KC-46 team has completed several major milestones on or ahead of schedule over the past year that include a System Requirements Review, Integrated Baseline Review, 767-2C PDR, and Firm Configuration Reviews for the 767-2C and the KC-46A Tanker. Boeing will build 179 next-generation aerial refueling tanker aircraft that will begin to replace the Air Force's fleet of 416 KC-135 tankers. Based on the proven Boeing 767 commercial airplane, the KC-46A tanker is a widebody, multi-mission aircraft updated with the latest and most advanced technology to meet the demanding mission requirements of the future, including a digital flight deck featuring Boeing 787 Dreamliner electronic displays and a flight control design philosophy that places aircrews in command to maximize combat maneuverability. The KC-46A also features a modernized KC-10 boom with a fly-by-wire control system, and a refueling envelope and fuel offload rate that is greater than that of the KC-135 it will replace. May 8, 2012

Boeing Army is advancing vertical-lift, unmanned aircraft. The U.S. Army is working on the next phase of its push into unmanned aircraft with unmanned vertical-lift helicopters. Boeing A160T Hummingbird unmanned helicopters will be deployed in June in Afghanistan. At the same time, the Army is working on teaming for future unmanned aircraft that also has the option of being manned. May 8, 2012

Boeing Boeing wins orders for Apache helicopters. Boeing has won two contracts worth $668 million to produce helicopters for the U.S. Army. The AH-64D Apache Block III helicopters will be used in Taiwan and the U.S. military. May 7, 2012

Lockheed Martin Two Lockheed Martin F-35Bs Ferried To Eglin, Marking 25th DOD Delivery. Two Lockheed Martin (LMT) F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) production aircraft were ferried to Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., marking the 24th and 25th F-35 deliveries to the Department of Defense. The 5th Generation multirole fighter jets were delivered...

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