AAFARS order fuels BAE Systems

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The US Army has placed an $8 million order with BAE Systems for 32 portable combat helicopter refuelling systems.

The latest booking is the ninth order in a production run that is expected to total 372 systems worth $100 million.

The Advanced Aviation Forward Area Refuelling Systems (AAFARS) are used by US troops deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, principally to fuel AH-64 Apache, UH-60 Blackhawk, and CH-47 Chinook helicopters. The Army’s Tank Automotive and Armament Command (TACOM) is purchasing the refuelling systems.

“This rugged system is helicopter-transportable and soldier-portable,” said Tom Herring, vice president and general manager of Integrated Solutions for BAE Systems. “Assembly has been field-proven with a set-up time of 20 minutes and tear down in 25 minutes.”

BAE Systems says AAFARS has a 240 gallon-per-minute pump that can fuel four helicopters simultaneously at a rate of 55 gallons per minute each.