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Second Tanker Planning Software Project Enters Testing

New tanker allocation software that aims to make Air Mobility Command?s job easier is entering real-world testing this week, according to officials with the Air Force?s operational energy office.

The project, called ?Magellan,? follows an earlier initiative named ?Jigsaw? that revamped the aerial refueling planning process at the Combined Air Operations Center at Al Udeid AB, Qatar. It?s the operational energy office?s first time venturing into software development without the help of Kessel Run, the service?s group in Boston that creates new tools for the AOCs and helps train new coders.

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The Biggest Needs in the Mobility Fleet

Future great power competition will step up demand for aerial refueling capacity and require air cargo crews to operate in contested airspace?potentially poisoned with chemical agents. As Air Mobility Command gears up for those demands, leaders are focused on fielding and developing new aircraft and making smarter use of the aircraft they have.

AMC?s priorities over the coming years will be fielding the KC-46 Pegasus, developing requirements for the next tanker aircraft, dubbed the KC-Z, and developing better means of training and managing the force it has while building toward the force it needs. That includes more hands-on training to prepare for operations in hostile environments and employing new technologies to better understand demand for forces.

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