Cobham wins another KC-390 contract
Cobham has announced that it has been awarded a contract by Embraer Defense and Security to develop and supply the Auxiliary Fuselage Fuel Tank (AFFT) for the KC-390 tanker aircraft. The contract, worth approximately $30 million, was announced 14 August 2012.
According to Cobham, the AFFT will enable the aircraft’s core mission capabilities, including increased range for search and rescue operations and maximized fuel offload for air-to-air refueling. Cobham’s selection followed a comprehensive competitive process, and will supply Embraer with a ‘state-of-the-art tank system optimized for weight, while still providing for quick removal and re-installation’.
Cobham has already been selected to develop and supply the KC-390 programme with Wing Aerial Refuelling Pods; as well as to provide the aircraft with aerial refueling probes and to design and manufacture the aircraft’s nose radomes.
The Brazilian Air Force is the launch customer for the KC-390, which is scheduled to enter service in 2015. Embraer expects to secure significant additional orders for the KC-390 from export customers.
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