Technology company Cobham PLC (LSE:COB) announced on Monday that Cobham Mission Equipment, a provider of systems integration, has been chose by Boeing to provide Body Fuel Tanks in support of the US Air Force’s KC-46 Tanker Programme.
Financial details of the contract were not available.
The company said that Body Fuel Tanks enable KC-46A mission capability by providing additional fuel for offload and increased range. The engineering manufacturing development (EMD) phase began in January 2012. Low-rate and full-rate production is expected to be carried out through to 2028. The US Air Force plans to initially acquire 179 KC-46A Tankers from Boeing, each of which is expected to carry a quantity of four each of the Cobham Body Fuel Tanks. Work will take place at Cobham Mission Equipment’s centre of excellence in Davenport, Iowa.
Cobham added that it is a key supplier to Boeing on several KC-46 programme systems and is providing a centreline drogue system for the KC-46A tanker aircraft. The contracts relate to the EMD phase of the programme and also include development hardware. Cobham will also provide a pair of wing-mounted aerial refuelling pods to 30 tankers.