Boeing, USAF Finalize KC-46A Remote Vision Tech Retrofit Plan; Leanne Caret Quoted

Leanne Caret
Leanne Caret

TYSONS CORNER, VA, April 20, 2020 “” Boeing (NYSE: BA) and the U.S. Air Force have agreed to incorporate the final design for remote vision system into KC-46A Pegasus contract requirements, GovCon Wire reported April 3.

The agreement calls for the implementation of the RVS 2.0 technology with a laser ranger designed to measure distance of the refueling aircraft, larger operator screens and 4K-color cameras, the Air Force said April 2.

Leanne Caret — president and CEO of Boeing's defense, space and security segment and a 2020 Wash100 winner — said the advancements are intended to prepare the tanker for future functions such as autonomous refueling and to support other programs as well.

The retrofit will not require additional funds from the government. RVS 2.0 is scheduled for initial fielding in 2023.

Both parties also signed a second agreement that allows Boeing to receive $882M in previously withheld contract payments to support the company’s cash flow during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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