The two Memorandums of Agreement (MOA) will be incorporated in the KC-46 contract.
The first MOA institutes the redesign and retrofit of RVS 2.0 in full compliance with the contract requirements at no additional cost to the government. This agreement addresses deficiencies that hindered safe and effective refueling operations.
RVS 2.0 will include 4K color cameras with proper viewing geometry, operator stations with larger screens, a laser ranger for refueling aircraft distance measurement and boom assistance augmented reality. With the help of scientists and engineers from both enterprises, the Air Force will lead design reviews and approve specifications to drive the partnership toward initial fielding in 2023.
Don’t forget: post 9/11 DoD gave tanker order to Boeing w/o competition but excessive pay. Senator John McCain insisted on recall. Airbus won the competition. Then Boeing got the Pentagon to recall, change RFP to taylormade Boeing. Then B won. Losses and delays ever since.— Rainer Ohler (@roblagnac) April 3, 2020
The second and separate MOA acknowledges possible impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak on our nation and the defense industrial base, and releases previously withheld contract payments to help ensure successful performance under the program.
This agreement provides Boeing $882 million of withheld payments for previous non-compliance in 33 KC-46 deliveries.
This withhold release is in line with Department of the Air Force and Department of Defense policies to maximize cash flow, where prudent, to combat coronavirus impacts on the industry base. Within 120 days, the Air Force and Boeing will conduct an expedited process to determine final specification compliance or non-compliance.
The Air Force and Boeing are committed to delivering a fully-operational tanker to the warfighter and ensuring the continued viability of an essential member of the defense industrial base.