ThePointblank wrote:Revelation wrote:Ozair wrote:
TFA says:In short, Boeing has agreed to embark on a redesign effort for the Rockwell Collins-designed RVS that will involve both hardware and software changes. The Air Force believes it will take three to four years to develop a fully functioning RVS, and Boeing has agreed to fix it at its own expense
Oy, that's a huge miss.
It looks like Boeing bet it could make the existing system work, but now they see why it cannot / does not.
They took a big bet on a risky proposition and lost.
And if Boeing thinks they can recoup some of the costs in future maintenance contracts, I would not count on it.
For one, the USAF might just buy every available second hand 767 out there and scrap them for spare parts to keep the KC-46's running. They did the same thing to keep the KC-135's running as well; buy out every available Boeing 707 and use them as parts donors.
And for future modernization work, the USAF could award the contracts for modernization to another company; it is not unheard of for the USAF and Pentagon to do this.
ThePointblank wrote:For one, the USAF might just buy every available second hand 767 out there and scrap them for spare parts to keep the KC-46's running. They did the same thing to keep the KC-135's running as well; buy out every available Boeing 707 and use them as parts donors.
Revelation wrote:That would suggest USAF, DoD and Congress are doing what's best for the country as opposed to what's best for corporations, and I have strong doubts about that.
At the same time, asking for funds for an all new bomber?
IMHO KC-46 is corporate welfare with origins in the post-2001 Congress wanting to do something to help Boeing deal with the post-911 drop in airliner orders.
Up to that point USAF were projecting KC-135 had enough airframe life to last till after 2045, some reports said 2065.
When USAF saw a windfall was there for the taking they all of a sudden needed new tankers.
Yet B-52 is already slated to be in service for eighty years and with new engines it should be over 100 years.
QuarkFly wrote:Right now, the Taliban finally chased us out of Afghanistan, also leaving Syria to Iran and Russia. How much did these hundreds of billions $$ of tactical aircraft with air-refueling help "win"?
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