The U.S. Air Force is hoping to get KC-46 tanker’s most critical technical problem to be fixed by the end of March.
The Air Force and Boeing are going to sign off next month on a finalized design for the KC-46’s Remote Vision System(RVS) to steer the aircraft’s boom into a plane for aerial refuelling.
RSV is composed of a series of cameras and sensors to detach boom from recipient aircraft.
RVS is manufactured by Rockwell Collins. Under certain lighting conditions, RVS produces distorted images.
Despite ongoing RVS problems, the service and Boeing agreed to continue deliveries at the cost of Boeing.
The first tanker was delivered in January 2019, but months later in September, Air Mobility Command head Gen. Maryanne Miller said Boeing had made no progress on the RVS and that it would take three to four years before the KC-46 was technically mature enough to deploy.