Boeing names electronic subsystems suppliers for Air Force KC-46 aerial refueling tanker aircraft
ST. LOUIS, 22 June 2011. Honeywell Aerospace, Northrop Grumman Corp., Raytheon Co., and Rockwell Collins are among the companies providing electronic subsystems and components for the future U.S. Air Force Boeing KC-46 aerial refueling tanker. Officials from the The Boeing Co. Defense, Space & Security segment in St. Louis made the announcement today during the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, France. Electronics suppliers for the KC-46 include Honeywell Aerospace, Northrop Grumman, Rockwell Collins, DRS Technologies, and Woodward Inc.
Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, will provide the KC-46 integrated display system with 15.1-inch diagonal liquid crystal displays, which are based on the avionics suite for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner passenger jet. Rockwell Collins also will provide the KC-46's tactical situational awareness system, remote vision system 3-D and 2-D technology for the boom operator, the communications, navigation, surveillance (CNI) system, networking, and flight-control systems.
The DRS Technologies Inc. Laurel Technologies Partnership in Johnstown, Pa., will provide the KC-46's Aerial Refueling Operator Station (AROS); the Eaton Aerospace facility in Grand Rapids, Mich., will provide the tanker's electromechanical and cargo door actuation systems; and GE Aviation Systems facilities in Grand Rapids, Mich., and Clearwater, Fla., will provide the KC-46 mission control system.
Woodward Inc. in Skokie, Ill., meanwhile, will provide the sensor system, control unit, and telescopic and flight control sticks for the KC-46-s aerial refueling boom.
The Air Force chose Boeing last February to build the KC-46 tanker to replace ageing KC-135 tankers. The KC-46 is based on the Boeing 767- passenger jetliner, while the KC-135 is based on the venerable Boeing 707 airframe. KC-46 suppliers include more than 800 companies in more than 40 states.