Boeing suspends production of P-19 Poseidon and KC-8 Pegasus aircraft due to Covid-46

The day before yesterday, Boeing factories in Washington State (in the northwest of the United States) began to drastically slow down their activity after the state of emergency was declared in that state. Indeed, the Seattle region is today one of the most affected by the coronavirus epidemic in the USA. As a result, from today March 25, Boeing production to be halted for two weeks.

For the defense sector, this mainly concerns military aircrafts based on civilian aircraft airframes, i.e. the maritime patrol aircraft P-8A Poseidon and the air-to-air refueling aircraft KC-46A Pegasus, based on Boeing 737 and 767 respectively. For the time being, the F/A-18E Super Hornet and F-15 Eagle fighter aircraft factories located in St Louis, Missouri, do not appear to be affected.

Production of KC-46 is stopped for the next few weeks, but correction of problems with its refueling system continues

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