Boeing completes KC-46 electromagnetic testing
Boeing, the US Air Force and Naval Air Systems Command have completed electromagnetic testing for the KC-46air refuelling tanker, it was announced on 27 July.
The testing evaluated the aircraft’s ability to safely operate through electromagnetic fields produced by radars, radio towers and other systems under mission conditions.
The testing took place at Naval Air Station Patuxent River's electromagnetic pulse (EMP) and Naval Electromagnetic Radiation facility pads, and also in the Benefield Anechoic facility at Edwards Air Force Base.
During tests on the EMP pad, the second low-rate initial production KC-46 received electromagnetic pulses from a large coil/transformer above the aircraft, in order to test the effects of electromagnetic activity on the aircraft and its protection capabilities.
Mike Gibbons, VP and program manager, Boeing, said: ‘The KC-46 tanker is protected by various hardening and shielding technologies designed into the aircraft to negate any effects on the aircraft. This successful effort retires one of the key risks on the programme.’
The KC-46A is a multirole tanker that is designed to refuel allied and coalition military aircraft compatible with international aerial refuelling procedures and can carry passengers, cargo and patients.
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