U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today reacted to an announcement by the U.S. Air Force that unveiled basing criteria for the planned KC-46A aerial refueling aircraft. Of the 54 Air Force installations being considered, Altus Air Force Base in Altus, Oklahoma is a potential candidate for selection.
The Air Force published basing criteria and a weighted scale that takes into account many different factors such as missions, capacity, and cost. The location must support receiver training with KC-135, tanker training with heavy aircraft, a runway that supports max gross-weight takeoffs, 2 hangars and at least eight parking pads, facilities to house a Squadron Operations and Aircraft Maintenance Unit, a student training center and potential to support transient student personnel housing requirements.
"The location of Altus and its infrastructure provides the perfect site for the KC-46A Formal Training Unit (FTU), meeting or exceeding every one of the criteria established by the Air Force," said Inhofe. "In the coming months, I look forward to working with the Air Force as they select candidate bases this summer and ultimately announce the final KC-46A FTU basing decision next winter."