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The Italian Air Force has suspended plans to purchase Boeing KC-46 Pegasus aircraft

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jul6,2024

Italian Air Force Suspends Plans to Acquire Boeing KC-46 Pegasus Aircraft

The Italian Air Force has unexpectedly decided to suspend its plans to acquire a fleet of Boeing KC-46 Pegasus aerial refueling aircraft .

In a statement published on June 24, Aeronautica Militare informed the Italian Ministry of Defense of its decision to suspend the procurement process for six new KC-46 Pegasus refueling aircraft due to the emergence of “changing and unpredictable needs”.

Aeronautica Militare (AM) currently operates a fleet of four Boeing 767-200ER -Extended Range- based civilian KC-767A aircraft for strategic transport missions and aerial refueling, but it wanted six of the type to meet its growing operational tasks .

Initially, the plan was to purchase only two additional Boeing 767-300 aircraft and modify them for multi-role transport and aerial refueling missions, as well as to upgrade the four KC-767A aircraft in service to match the equipment of the future fleet of six aircraft, but this the option was rejected by the technical committee.

This technical/administrative committee, responsible for analyzing options for meeting AM requirements, recommended the purchase of six new KC-46As from Boeing in a configuration compatible with the aircraft being received by the US Air Force, costing approximately €1.12 billion.

But the process was finally shelved, with the Italian Air Force tight-lipped about the reasons for the change in decision. The reason may be that as of January of this year, the KC-46 continues to have six Category 1 deficiencies. According to the US Air Force classification, Category 1 deficiencies – these are serious malfunctions that can result in serious injury, death, or even loss of the aircraft. Most of the shortcomings are related to the remote vision system (RVS), which allows the controller to manipulate the fuel injection boom. Lighting problems, poor image quality, and a distorted image of the aircraft resulted in several rough collisions, bumps, and rips with the receiving aircraft.

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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