Military Capabilities

KC-46A programme faces EMP testing hurdles

29 January 2018

Key Points

  • The KC-46A programme is not performing critical EMP testing, according to a Pentagon plan
  • The Department of Defense instituted a new, strengthened EMP requirement after it awarded the original contract

Electromagnetic pulse (EMP) testing performed in July on the Boeing KC-46A Pegasus aerial refuelling tanker was not accomplished in accordance with a Pentagon Department, Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E)-approved Test and Evaluation Master Plan (TEMP) and the Live Fire Test and Evaluation (LFT&E) strategy, according to the Pentagon’s chief weapons tester.

DOT&E said in its annual report for fiscal year 2017 (FY 2017) that EMP testing demonstrated KC-46A flight critical capabilities were still available after exposure to 6 dB pulse.

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