Boeing tanker problems not a concern for U.S. Air Force

A senior U.S. Air Force general says he is unconcerned with development problems on the new Pegasus aerial refueling tanker being built by Boeing (NYSE:BA), and even floats the possibility of a future unmanned version.

The Pegasus is one of three Air Force priority programs, part of a broader effort to replace hundreds of aging jets that refuel fighters, bombers and reconnaissance planes.

Gen. Darren McDew, the new commander of Air Mobility Command, says Boeing hasn't missed any Air Force milestones on the initial contract to develop the tanker, with the first plane due to be delivered to the Air Force in 2016.

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