The INSIDER daily digest -- Feb. 27, 2023

By John Liang / February 27, 2023 at 2:10 PM

This Monday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on the Air Force's KC-46 tanker's Remote Vision System problems, Marine Corps Joint Light Tactical Vehicles, the future of foreign military sales and more.

We start off with a deep dive into the Air Force's efforts to fix an important component of the KC-46 airborne refueling tanker:

How the Air Force and Boeing went 'out to Hollywood' to find a fix for RVS

Since the disclosure of critical issues with the KC-46's Remote Vision System in 2018, finding a fix for RVS -- whose troubles have stretched out the tanker's schedule and served as a leading reason for billions of dollars in losses on the aircraft -- has been a top priority for Boeing, and after years of effort, company executives are ready to unveil their solution.

Some Marine Corps news:

Marine Corps may expand JLTV family in pursuit of lighter ground vehicle

The Marine Corps is evaluating its fleet of ground vehicles and considering an addition to the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle family as it seeks a land platform lighter than the JLTV but more robust than the Ultra-light Tactical Vehicle.

Marine Corps outlines logistics modernization plan to support distributed forces

As the Marine Corps advances force-design updates in preparation for potential conflict in the Pacific, it is placing a premium on stand-in forces and seeking to upgrade its logistics strategy to support these forces in an increasingly contested environment.

Jessica Lewis, the assistant secretary of state for political-military affairs, spoke at a recent Defense Writers Group breakfast:

Senior State official sees 'tectonic' moment to surge U.S. weapons sales abroad

A top State Department official said today the United States has an opportunity to surge foreign military sales, especially to countries seeking to "diversify" their arsenals away from Russian suppliers as Moscow struggles to maintain its ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

Engine deliveries for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter have resumed:

Grounded F-35s expected to soon return to flight after JPO lifts pause on engine deliveries

An undisclosed number of F-35s that have been grounded since the crash of an F-35B in December are expected to return to flight within weeks, a source with knowledge of the program's status told Inside Defense.