Receive our newsletter – data, insights and analysis delivered to you
  1. News
December 22, 2021updated 23 Dec 2021 12:50pm

USAF selects MacDill AFB as preferred location to host next

The decision follows site surveys that evaluated locations based on several factors.

The US Air Force (USAF) has selected MacDill Air Force Base (AFB) in Florida as the preferred location for the next KC-46A Pegasus aerial refuelling tanker aircraft.

The latest decision was made on 21 December and follows site surveys that evaluated the location.

During the surveys, factors such as environmental considerations, cost, infrastructure capacity, and community support were assessed.

The USAF noted that it will make a final basing decision following an environmental impact analysis (EIA), scheduled to take place in 2023.

A total of 24 KC-46As will replace active-duty KC-135 Stratotankers at the air base.

According to the USAF, the new KC-46A is designed to provide boom and drogue refuelling on the same sortie, support global navigation and communications.

Content from our partners
Bespoke harsh environment connector solutions set Omnetics apart from competitors
Growing opportunities for Unmanned Aerial Systems
Keeping the defence world connected with Smiths Interconnect

The tanker will also offer receiver air refuelling, enhanced force protection, expanded cargo capacity, and multi-point air refuelling capabilities.

Fairchild AFB in Washington is considered as the alternative candidate location for the KC-46 active-duty component. This base will also undergo an EIA.

In May this year, the names of six candidate locations in the US were announced to host the next Reserve-led KC-46A Pegasus aircraft.

The KC-46A wide-body, multi-mission aircraft is based on the KC-767 refuelling aircraft. It is manufactured by Boeing under a contract with the USAF to transport fuel, cargo, passengers, and patients.

Related Companies

NEWSLETTER Sign up Tick the boxes of the newsletters you would like to receive. The top stories of the day delivered to you every weekday. A weekly roundup of the latest news and analysis, sent every Monday. The defence industry's most comprehensive news and information delivered every month.
I consent to GlobalData UK Limited collecting my details provided via this form in accordance with the Privacy Policy
SUBSCRIBED

THANK YOU