DRS IBR2 selected for KC-46
DRS has announced that its Intelligence, Communications and Avionics Solutions (ICAS) business unit has received a contract award from Boeing to integrate its Intelligence Broadcast Receiver Block 2 (IBR2) tactical terminal onto the KC-46A Tanker aircraft. The award was announced 22 March 2012.
The IBR2 tactical terminal provides the user with the ability to receive near real-time situational awareness information, such as threat data and locator information for search and rescue operations, as well as Blue Force Tracking data. The IBR2 tactical terminal receives this critical data via Integrated Broadcast Service and Common Interactive Broadcast waveforms over UHF SATCOM links.
DRS said the initial phase of the awarded contract will provide IBR2 systems, data and support to Boeing for the engineering and manufacturing development phase of the tanker programme.
The KC-46A tanker is being developed by Boeing to replace the US Air Force’s KC-135 Stratotanker fleet. Boeing will replace 179 of the USAF’s existing tankers with the KC-46A. The initial contract calls for Boeing to deliver 18 tankers by 2017. The balance of the 179 aircraft will be manufactured and delivered through the year 2028.
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