Defense

May 15, 2012

Air Force announces criteria for basing KC-46A

After extensive internal review, the Air Force released May 14 its basing criteria that will be used to select candidate bases for the KC-46A formal training unit and first two main operating bases.

The formal training unit and first main operating base will be led by active duty units. The second main operating base will be led by an Air National Guard unit. The FTU and MOB 1 will begin receiving aircraft in fiscal 2016. MOB 2 will receive aircraft in fiscal 2018.

The basing criteria for the MOBs, approved by Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley and Air Force Chief of Staff General Norton A. Schwartz, include mission (proximity to refueling receiver demand, airfield and airspace availability, fuels considerations, and the potential to establish an association), capacity (hangar, runway, ramp space and facility considerations), environmental requirements and cost factors.

The basing criteria for the FTU, approved by the secretary of the Air Force and the chief of staff of the Air Force, include mission (proximity of aircraft available to support air refueling training, student throughput, aircrew training systems, fuels considerations, and the potential to establish an association), capacity (hangars, runway, ramp space and facility considerations), environmental requirements and cost factors.

“The KC-46A tanker is a critical force multiplier and essential to the way this nation fights its wars and provides humanitarian support around the globe,” explained Schwartz. “The KC-46A is a game changer, and will be a great asset to the nation, not only as a tanker, but as a means to augment the airlift fleet, provide aeromedical evacuation and transport of passengers and cargo.”

“The Air Force is committed to an open and transparent process to address KC-46A basing,” said Kathleen Ferguson, Air Force deputy assistant secretary for installations, “As we progress through the basing process, we will share information so interested communities are aware of what to expect.”

The Air Force will evaluate all sites within the defined enterprise against the approved criteria. This information will be used to identify candidate bases for the KC-46A. After the release of the candidate bases, Air Mobility Command will conduct site surveys at each candidate base.

Site survey teams will assess each location against operational and training requirements, potential impacts to existing missions, housing, infrastructure, manpower, and develop cost estimates to determine how to beddown the KC-46 at each location.

Based on the results of these efforts, the Air Force plans to announce KC-46A preferred and reasonable alternatives and begin the environmental impact analysis process for the FTU and MOB 1 in December 2012. Likewise, the Air Force plans to announce the preferred and reasonable alternatives and begin the EIAP for MOB 2 in the spring of 2013.

“This enterprise-wide look enhances our ability to create, protect, and sustain all air and space forces across the full range of military operations,” said Ferguson. “It is a deliberate, standardized, and transparent process.”




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Air Force photograph by Tommie Horton

Integration lab to support C-5 software, hardware upgrades

Air Force photograph by Tommie Horton The 402nd Software Maintenance Group has been tasked by the C-5 System Program Office with updating the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex C-5 System Integration Lab with installation of a...
 
 
Air Force photograph by Scott M. Ash

Senior leaders give State of the Air Force address

Air Force photograph by Scott M. Ash Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James provides an update with Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III on current Air Force operations during a press briefing in the Pentagon, ...
 
 
Northrop Grumman photograph

U.S. Navy Demonstrates Endurance on the MQ-8C Fire Scout

Northrop Grumman photograph MQ-8C Fire Scout demonstrates a long range, long endurance flight part of a capability based test at Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, Cafif. POINT MUGU, Calif.–Northrop Grumman and the U....
 

 
Courtesy photograph

A more efficient alternative being used to maintain AEDC turbine engine test operations

Courtesy photograph EcoSafe32 hydraulic fluid is being used to flush and fill the process air valve hydraulic systems at the ASTF C-Plant. This is what the inside of the valve looked like after one of the recent flushing and fi...
 
 
Air Force photograph by TSgt. Joseph Clifford

Reapers, Predators on the prowl in Afghanistan

Air Force photograph by TSgt. Joseph Clifford An Airman assigned to the 62nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron directs a MQ-9 Reaper aircraft at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 14, 2015. The 62nd ERS operates the MQ-1B...
 
 

China rehearses for massive military parade

Fighter jets flew low over Beijing Aug. 23 as thousands of soldiers from China, Russia and other countries rehearsed for a military parade next month commemorating the end of World War II. The Sept. 3 parade will showcase the People’s Liberation Army’s rapidly growing capabilities at a time when Beijing is asserting territorial claims in...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>