Cobham Body Fuel Tanks selected for KC-46A
Boeing has selected Cobham Mission Equipment to provide Body Fuel Tanks in support of the US Air Force’s KC-46 Tanker programme. Cobham revealed its selection in a 30 January 2012 company statement.
Boeing is providing the US Air Force with 179 KC-46A Tankers initially, under an engineering manufacturing development (EMD) phase that began in January 2012, with low-rate and full-rate production through 2028. Under the Cobham agreement, each aircraft will carry a quantity of four each of the Cobham Body Fuel Tanks.
According to Cobham, the Body Fuel Tanks enable KC-46A mission capability by providing additional fuel for offload and increased range.
Cobham is a key supplier to Boeing on several systems vital to the KC-46 program. In July 2011 Cobham Mission Equipment at Davenport was also awarded two subcontracts by Boeing related to the hose and drogue aerial refueling system that will be used on the KC-46A tanker aircraft. The contracts relate to the EMD phase of the program, including development hardware. Cobham expects to equip each aircraft with a centerline drogue system. Approximately 30 tankers will also be provided with a pair of wing-mounted aerial refueling pods.
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