Boeing along with US Air Force and Naval Air Systems Command representatives, recently completed KC-46 tanker electromagnetic testing.
This testing evaluates the aircraft’s ability to safely operate through electromagnetic fields produced by radars, radio towers and other systems under mission conditions, the company said in a statement Thursday.
“The KC-46 tanker is protected by various hardening and shielding technologies designed into the aircraft to negate any effects on the aircraft,” said Mike Gibbons, Boeing KC-46 vice president and program manager. “This successful effort retires one of the key risks on the program.”
During tests on the EMP pad at Patuxent River, the program’s second low-rate initial production KC-46 received pulses from a large coil/transformer situated above the aircraft. The outdoor simulation was designed to test and evaluate the KC-46’s EMP protection while in flight.
The KC-46A is a multirole tanker that is designed to refuel all allied and coalition military aircraft compatible with international aerial refueling procedures and can carry passengers, cargo and patients.
Boeing was awarded a $276 million contract for engineering and manufacturing development for the US Army CH-47F Block II program. Work is expected to be completed by July 27, 2020
Malaysian Air Forces 20-year-old F/A-18D Hornet fighter jet fleet has recently undergone a comprehensive upgrade that includes AIM-9X Sidewinder missiles, Joint Direct Attack Munitions besides targetng and cueing systems . The programme was carried out in phases to enhance the Hornets combat effectiveness in its primary tasking in the air-to-air and air-to-ground roles,
The Indian government is pursuing the procurement of an additional C-17 heavy lift aircraft for the Indian Air Force, Minister of State for defence Subhash Bhamre, replying to a question in the Parliament Tuesday. India has already bought 10 C-17 aircraft from the US
Boeing has won a $93 million five-year contract for E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) sustainment engineering and technical support. This contract provides for support to the E-3 AWACS division and will also generate technical requirements for the Air Force, Japanese Air Self Defense Force (JASDF), North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF), UK, and French Republic (FR), the US Department of Defense said in a statement Friday
Australia has received final two of 12 Boeing EA-18G Growler two-seat electronic attack aircraft. Australia has received its final two EA-18G into its Growler electronic attack fleet with a flypast over RAAF Base Amberley, Australian department of defense announced Friday
Boeing has won more than $14 million for obsolescent part changes on Chinook tandem rotor heavy-lift helicopters for Turkey and the Netherlands. "The Boeing Company [of] Ridley Park, Pennsylvania was awarded a $14,297,933 modification to [a] foreign military sales (Netherlands, and Turkey) contract for obsolescent parts changes for CH-47F Chinook helicopters," the Department of Defense said in a press release Wednesday
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted Boeings KC-46 tanker program an Amended Type Certificate (ATC) for its core 767-2C aircraft configuration, verifying that the fundamental design of the KC-46 tanker is safe and reliable. The 767-2C is a modified version of the companys commercial 767 with revised structure, wiring and plumbing
Boeing has been awarded a $101.8 million modification contract for initial common spares and readiness spares packages in support of production aircraft lots 1 and 2 for the KC-46 modernization program
Boeing has been awarded a $7.4 million modification contract for Phase III KC-46 tanker/receiver aerial refueling airplane simulator qualification data collection study
Boeing will likely push delivery of the US Air Forces first KC-46 air-to-air refueling tanker to early 2018 from this year, as various problems have emerged during flight tests. In May, KC-46 program manager Mike Gibbons said the first tanker would fly around October 2017 and soon after would be delivered to the Air Force
Boeing has been awarded $409 million contract for next-generation thermal, power, and controls (NGT-PAC). This contract for the NGT-PAC program is a multiple government agency and industry joint effort to develop revolutionary and innovative technologies and to conduct applied research for increased knowledge and understanding of future power, thermal and controls requirements
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