Cobham to supply OBIGGS equipment for KC-46 tanker
Cobham has announced that it has been selected by Boeing to provide On-Board Inert Gas Generating System (OBIGGS) equipment for use on the US Air Force’s (USAF’s) new KC-46A tanker aircraft. The company made the announcement 2 August 2012.
According to Cobham, the OBIGGS fulfils a critical aircraft safety system role by displacing fuel tank vapours with inert nitrogen gas, reducing the risk of explosion. Cobham will provide the air separation modules, ozone filter and sensor sub-system for the OBIGGS.
The USAF is acquiring 179 KC-46A tanker aircraft from Boeing, each of which will carry Cobham-supplied OBIGGS equipment.
The Engineering Manufacturing Development (EMD) phase started January 2012 with low-rate and full-rate production through 2028.
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