KC-46 aircraft

Morgan Borszcz Consulting has awarded a contract to Supply Chain Visions for the supply of technical and strategic support services to the US Air Force’s (USAF) KC-46 Program Office.

Under the contract, the company will team up with Morgan Borszcz to advise USAF on the feasibility of various sustainment strategies for the KC-46 aerial refuelling tanker aircraft.

Specifically, the company will supply chain modelling and simulation expertise to help the air force in assessment of KC-46 fleet’s sustainment strategies.

Supply Chain Visions president Steve Geary said the company is looking to support Morgan Borszcz in helping ensure a cost-effective sustainment strategy for the KC-46 tanker, which represents a critical component of the country’s ability to project power in the future.

"This work leverages our experience in designing, supporting, and evaluating sustainment strategies for other weapons systems," Geary added.

KC-46A is a military aerial refuelling and strategic transport aircraft, designed to replace the USAF’s ageing KC-135 Stratotankers fleet.

Morgan Borszcz Consulting chief executive officer and president Christine Morgan said: "We help our customers optimise business processes and achieve operational efficiencies.

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"Modeling the future for the Air Force is an exciting opportunity to do that for one of the most important programs in the Air Force portfolio."

Additional contract details remained undisclosed.

Developed from Boeing’s 767-200ER, KC-46A is a military aerial refuelling and strategic transport aircraft, designed to replace the USAF’s ageing KC-135 Stratotankers fleet, which has served as its primary refuelling aircraft for over 50 years.

Boeing is currently under contract to deliver 18 KC-46 refuelling aircraft by 2017 to the USAF, which is planning to procure a total of 179 tankers by 2028.

The initial flight of the first aircraft is scheduled to take place in late 2014.

Image: A KC-46 tanker performing a mid-air refuelling mission.

Defence Technology