July 13, 2018 / 3:54 PM / in 9 months

U.S. Air Force says completed final tests for Boeing KC-46 program

July 13 (Reuters) - Boeing Co’s KC-46 mid-air refueling tankers have completed the final flight tests ahead of its first aircraft delivery in late October, the U.S. Air Force said on Friday.

"With this milestone complete, the test program has demonstrated a level of maturity that positions Boeing to deliver, and the Air Force to accept, an aircraft by the end of October 2018," said Will Roper, an Air Force service acquisition executive. (bit.ly/2ujFG2N)

The KC-46 test program will now move to follow-on receiver aircraft testing and certifications required for operational testing, starting in 2019.

Boeing is set to deliver 17 tankers by April next year, the U.S. Air Force had said last month. (Reporting by Sanjana Shivdas in Bengaluru; Editing by Arun Koyyur)

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