Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio – US Air Force aviation refueling experts ask Boeing to build 15 new aircraft KC-46 Air-to-air refueling of Pegasus and strategic military transport aircraft under the terms of a $2.2 billion order announced late last month.
Officials at the Air Force Lifecycle Management Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, are calling on Boeing Defense, Space, and Security in Seattle to build the eighth part of the KC-46 aircraft program. The application includes subscriptions and licenses.
The KC-46 is based on the Boeing 767-200 wide-body airliner. multi-role Air carrier It can refuel all US, Allied and Coalition military aircraft that comply with international air refueling procedures. In addition to refueling other aircraft in the air, the KC-46 can also carry passengers, cargo and patients.
The KC-46 can detect, avoid, defeat and survive threats using several layers of electronic protection that enable it to operate safely in medium threat environments, Boeing officials say.
Among the companies providing services are Honeywell Aerospace, Northrop Grumman Corp, and Raytheon Technologies Corp Avionics Subsystems and components for the KC-46.
Honeywell Aerospace in Coon Rapids, Minnesota, provides the inertial navigation data flight system for the KC-46, while the company’s facility in Phoenix provides the auxiliary power unit. The Honeywell Aerospace facility in Tucson, Arizona provides the KC-46 cabin pressure control system, while the company’s facility in Urbana, Ohio provides the tanker lighting system.
Northrop Grumman’s Electronic Systems Division in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, provides infrared countermeasures to large KC-46 aircraft (LAIRCM), while Raytheon Intelligence & Space Division in El Segundo, California, provides the carrier’s digital radar warning receiver and digital counter. GPS receiver.
Raytheon Collins Aerospace’s segment in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, provides a KC-46 integrated display system with 15.1-inch liquid crystal displays, which is based on the avionics suite of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner passenger aircraft.
Collins Aerospace also supplies the KC-46’s Tactical Situational Awareness System, 3D and 2D Boom Operator Remote Vision System, Communications, Navigation and Surveillance (CNI), Networking and Flight Control Systems.
DRS Technologies Inc. provides Laurel Technologies Partnership in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, KC-46’s Aerial Refueling Operator Station (AROS). The Eaton Aerospace facility in Grand Rapids, Michigan provides cargo door operating systems and electromechanical for the tanker.
Meanwhile, Woodward Inc. In Skokie, Illinois, sensor system, control unit, telescopic sticks and flight control for the KC-46-s aerial refueling arm.
GE Aviation Systems’ facilities in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Clearwater, Florida, provide the avionics for the KC-46 mission control system, which provides integrated communications management to support ATM data link, enabling the aircraft to perform with navigational accuracy not currently available to the carrier fleet.
GE Aviation also provides the KC-46 Flight Management System (FMS), which helps the aircraft fly on relatively short flight paths and idle descents to reduce fuel consumption, while reducing emissions and reducing engine noise.
The KC-46 will replace the Air Force’s fleet of KC-135 aerial refueling aircraft, which are based on the obsolete 1960s four-engine Boeing 707 passenger aircraft. Boeing will build up to 179 KC-46 aircraft.
Upon this request, Boeing will operate in Seattle, which should be completed by November 2025. For more information, contact Boeing Defense, Space & Security online at www.boeing.comor the Air Force Lifecycle Management Center in www.aflcmc.af.mil.