Boeing KC-767 Tanker: Capability Where it Counts
ST. LOUIS, May 22, 2008 -- With advantages identified by the U.S. Air Force in the areas of mission capability, survivability, aerial refueling technology, operational utility and ability to respond to real-world mission scenarios, the Boeing [NYSE: BA] KC-767 is the best tanker for the future conflicts anticipated by the U.S. Defense Department.
"U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates recently stated that the wars of the future will resemble the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan," said Mark McGraw, vice president, Boeing Tanker Programs. "Therefore it follows that the KC-767 tanker is the ideal plane for future conflicts. It has the ability to operate out of smaller forward airfields to efficiently and effectively serve our warfighters, take advantage of existing infrastructure close to expected hot spots and do it all with a more capable, lower-cost, lower-risk, more survivable tanker."
* The ability to refuel multiple types of aircraft, including the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft
* Ability to isolate, transport and off-load multiple fuel types
* Less fuel burned, less foreign bases required and less sensitive to geo-political base denials in operational scenarios
* Fuel tank and ballistic threat protection
* Aerial refueling operator station
* Ability to carry higher weight cargo on the main deck
* Ability to carry hazardous material on the main deck
* Aeromedical crew displays and the ability to generate therapeutic patient oxygen
* Advanced communication and navigation capabilities and future growth potential