Following the Air Force's lead, Boeing weighing autonomous KC-46A or future tanker option

By Vanessa Montalbano / July 9, 2024 at 9:44 AM
(Editor's Note: This story has been updated to more accurately reflect Boeing's interest in building large, autonomous tankers. The company, which is currently on contract to build MQ-25 Stingrays for the Navy, follows aircraft capability requirements provided by the various services.) ST. LOUIS -- Even as the Air Force has signaled some support to eventually field unmanned tanker systems, plane-maker Boeing will be looking at "principally crewed concepts" until the service explicitly says it wants autonomous refueling platforms, Sean...

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