To date, Boeing has hit every milestone on schedule and is headed toward building the first 17 tankers by 2018, Muilenburg said.
Currently, the Boeing team is in the preliminary design review phase, he said.
The tanker is based on the 767 commercial line and will be put together on the same production line as the commercial product, an innovation that will both save the government money and ensure on-time delivery, Muilenburg said.
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