Boeing to deliver first KC-46A tanker in October 2018

Boeing will deliver the first new generation KC-46A Pegasus aerial refueling tanker aircraft to U.S. Air Force in October 2018, the company said in a tweet.

Boeing was contracted to deliver the first lot of 18 aircraft in August 2017, but missed the deadline after experiencing production and developmental issues.

The company now expects to complete delivery of the first lot by April 2019.

The KC-46 is derived from Boeing’s commercial 767 airframe and is built in the company’s Everett, Washington facility. Boeing is currently on contract for the first 34 of an expected 179 tankers for the U.S. Air Force.

The aircraft will replace the USAF's aged 1950s era Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker tanker fleet.

The multi role aircraft can also configured to carry cargo and troops.The tanker’s aft mounted telescopic boom can transfer up to 4,540 liter (1,200 gal) of fuel per minute to other aircraft while in flight and its Cobham-supplied wing and centerline mounted hose and drogue systems enables the tanker to refuel probe-equipped aircraft with up to 1,510 liter of fuel per minute.