The Air Force and the Army are moving forward on the Joint Combat Aircraft despite “some minor differences” and should achieve a production decision by the end of May, says Lt. Gen. Howie Chandler, USAF deputy chief of staff for operations, plans, and requirements. (The Defense Acquisition Board has JCA on its schedule for May 30.) Chandler told the air-land panel of the Senate Armed Services Committee last week, “Those differences are going to be so minor that, whatever we need to do with those, we’ll have plenty of time to make adjustments as we work the program through.” The Army expects to start production on its version this fiscal year, with USAF following in Fiscal 2010.
The KC-46A can now pass fuel to almost 70 percent of aircraft that request aerial refueling, Air Mobility Command announced. The newest aircraft on the list include C-130 Special Operations variants, the C-5M Super Galaxy and the E-3G Sentry AWACS.