Cobham (Davenport, Iowa, USA) reported on Aug. 14 that it has been awarded a contract by Embraer Defense and Security worth $30 million to develop and supply the Auxiliary Fuselage Fuel Tank (AFFT) for the KC-390 tanker aircraft.
Cobham’s AFFT will enable the aircraft’s core mission capabilities, including increased range for search and rescue operations and maximized fuel offload for air-to-air refueling. The Brazilian Air Force is the launch customer for the KC-390, which is scheduled to enter service in 2015. Embraer expects to secure significant additional orders for the KC-390 from export customers.
Selection by Embraer follows a comprehensive competitive process and reflects Cobham's experience in the design, development and delivery of aircraft fuel tank systems. Cobham has delivered more than 1 million tanks of all kinds to customers around the world.
Iain Gibson, vice president of Cobham Mission Equipment, says, "Cobham is delighted with its selection by Embraer and the Brazilian Air Force to supply the Auxiliary Fuselage Fuel Tank for the KC-390. This award consolidates our position on the aircraft, building on the earlier selection of our wing aerial refueling pods, nose radome and aerial refueling probe."