Boeing awards Cobham aerial refuelling system contracts

UK aerospace and defence company Cobham has been awarded two subcontracts by Boeing related to the hose and drogue aerial refuelling system to be used by the US Air Force’s new KC-46 tanker aircraft.

The contracts, valued in excess of $73m (£44.7m), relate to the Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) phase of the programme, including development hardware.

These hose and drogue refuelling systems will be manufactured by Cobham Mission Equipment at its air-to-air refuelling centre in Davenport, Iowa.

Deliveries on the engineering phase begin in 2014, with low-rate initial production starting in 2015.