BAE To Update Boeing Tanker Boom Systems

BAE Systems will update associated boom technology systems for one of Boeing’s tankers, BAE announced Tuesday.

The company will develop and manufacture the actuator control unit for Boeing’s KC-46A tanker ‘s boom actuation control system. 

Pilots use the ACU to move the aerial refueling boom and refueling occurs via a flight control stick.

BAE is also providing touchscreen interior control panels for controlling water, lighting and waste tanks on aerial refueling and strategic transport aircraft.

Boeing’s 767 will be modified to produce a military and civil-certified convertible aircraft that can complete tanker, cargo and troop transport missions. 

The companies expect the tanker to be ready for flight in 2014 and to include provisions for updates to military communication and navigational technologies. 

Engineering work will occur in Endicott, N.Y. and manufacturing will occur in Fort Wayne, Ind.

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One Response to "BAE To Update Boeing Tanker Boom Systems"

  1. Billy Meeks says:

    I am not aware of pilots performing air refueling operations. Boom Operators will do that. Incidentally, Boom Operators are the only non-pilot aircrew whose job is to operate aircraft flight controls. The boom flight control system is a “secondary” flight control system.

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