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February 13, 2018

AMI Creates Fasteners for Boeing’s anticipated KC-46 Pegasus Tanker

Aerospace Manufacturing is proud to manufacture the NAS9921C4 fasteners for Boeing’s anticipated KC-46 Pegasus tanker, the U.S. Air Force’s (USAF) next-generation military aerial refueling aircraft.

The KC-46 is designed to replace the USAF’s aging KC-135 Stratotanker, the first of which first hit the tarmac way back in 1956.

Watch the KC-46 Pegasus Tanker Refuel a U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter

It’s been a long journey for the Boeing KC-46 Pegasus

In 2006, the USAF released Request for Proposal for an Aerial Refueling Aircraft, and it was not until 2011 that they accepted Boeing’s proposal.After years of testing and modifications, the KC-46 is finally ready to roll.

Now the plane is ready to roll. It just cleared its first major hurdle by the FAA and is expected to be completely cleared to fly within the next several months. The Pentagon has asked for $3 billion in the 2019 budget to procure 15 of the military aerial refueling and strategic military transport aircraft. The USAF plans on eventually procuring as many as 179 of them.

AMI Participating in USAF Gen III Program

We are also excited to announce our participation in USAF Generation III logistics program, a program designed to:

– Improve aircraft part availability for the USAF

– Drive down costs

– Enhance the USAF’s ability to do what it does best: protect the country and respond rapidly to potential threats

Lockheed Martin was named the Industrial Product-Support Vendor (IPV) for the program, and one of our oldest customers (KLX ASD) was awarded a large portion of Lockheed’s contract. That means that our high strength, close tolerance aerospace fasteners will play a vital role in this important government program!

As always, we look forward to supporting our customers in the aerospace & defense industry with the best possible price and delivery schedules!

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