Boeing selects Cobham for on-board inert gas generating system components for the KC-46 tanker
DAVENPORT, Iowa, 3 Aug. 2012. Cobham Plc, a supplier of aerospace and defense systems, has been selected by Boeing to provide On-Board Inert Gas Generating System (OBIGGS) equipment for use on the US Air Force’s new KC-46A Tanker Aircraft.
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The U.S. Air Force plans to initially acquire 179 KC-46A tanker aircraft from Boeing, each of which will carry Cobham-supplied OBIGGS equipment. Work will take place at Cobham Life Support’s location in Davenport, Iowa.
The KC-46A is a military aerial refueling and transport aircraft developed by Boeing. The aircraft is based off the 767 jet airliner. Winning the U.S. Air Force's KC-X tanker competition, the KC-46A was chosen to replace the aging fleet of KC-135 Stratotankers in 2011.
Featuring a maximum transfer fuel load of 207,672 lbs. and the ability to hold either 114 people or 58 patients a distance of 7348 miles, the KC-46A is the U.S. Air Force's new tanker aircraft.