WASHINGTON — The U.S. Air Force’s newest tanker, the KC-46A, wrapped up electromagnetic testing, putting Boeing one step closer to delivering the first aircraft, the company said Thursday.

The tests — which took place at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, and Edwards Air Force Base, California — assessed whether the aircraft could safely operate when confronted by the electromagnetic fields generated by equipment like radar, Boeing said in a statement.

“The KC-46 tanker is protected by various hardening and shielding technologies designed into the aircraft to negate any effects on the aircraft,” said Mike Gibbons, Boeing KC-46 vice president and program manager. “This successful effort retires one of the key risks on the program.”

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