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    Chicago-based aerospace and defense firm Boeing has given us a sneak peek at the new $240 million KC-46 Pegasus tankers that have been beset by functionality and security vulnerability problems.

    Some of the challenges the new tanker faces include the plane's fuel hose disconnecting from fuel-thirsty aircraft during test flights, the Puget Sound Business Journal reported March 20. This past January, the Pentagon's testing office raised concerns about the tanker's ability to withstand electromagnetic pulse attacks, Sputnik News reported.

    ​The Pentagon is plugging forward with the program anyway and is hoping that Boeing will deliver the aircraft by the end of 2018. On Thursday, the aircraft maker showed off the new Pegasus aircraft to a select group of reporters.

    ​There are nearly three dozen KC-46s at various stages of assembly at the Paine Field Airport in Washington state, adjacent to Boeing's Everett Factory, reporters say. The KC-46 is based on Boeing's 767 passenger airliner and both planes are manufactured at the Everett plant.

    ​The KC-46 Pegasus program, already in its seventh year, is one of the US Air Force's highest priority acquisition programs, the Government Accountability Office said in an April report. Combining research and development expenses with acquisition costs, GAO has estimated that each plane's real unit cost is about $241 million.


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