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30 janvier 2015 5 30 /01 /janvier /2015 17:20
The KC-46 Pegasus EMD aircraft during its maiden flight in US. Photo US Air Force.

The KC-46 Pegasus EMD aircraft during its maiden flight in US. Photo US Air Force.

 

30 January 2015 airforce-technology.com

 

Kaman has secured a contract to manufacture and supply fixed trailing edge (FTE) kits for the Boeing KC-46A Pegasus tanker programme.

 

Under the multi-year contract, the company's Aerosystems division will supply an undisclosed number of KC-46A FTE kits and assemblies to Boeing.

 

Kaman Aerospace Group president Greg Steiner said: "Kaman has worked with Boeing to develop a more monolithic design over the base 767 aircraft for the tanker.

 

"The KC-46A Tanker FTE kit award exemplifies Kaman's capabilities and Boeing's continued confidence in us."

 

The company handed over its first KC-46A Tanker FTE kit to Boeing in March 2014.

 

In addition, the company has supplied more than 1,000 FTE kits and assemblies for the Boeing 767 programme since 1986.

 

Additional contract details, including its value and delivery schedule, remain undisclosed.

 

KC-46A is a military aerial refuelling and strategic transport aircraft that has been developed from Boeing's 767-200ER. It was designed to replace the US Air Force's (USAF) ageing fleet of KC-135 Stratotankers, which have served as its primary refuelling aircraft for more than 50 years.

 

The wide body multi-mission aircraft is equipped with the Cobham centreline drogue system, integrated display system, and four body fuel tanks. It will be capable of transporting fuel, cargo, passengers, and patients, at a maximum speed of 915km/h.

 

Boeing is under contract to deliver 18 KC-46 refuelling aircraft by August 2017 to the USAF, which plans to acquire a total of 179 tankers by 2027.

 

The company successfully completed the maiden test flight of the first KC-46 engineering, manufacturing and development (EMD) aircraft from Paine Field in Everett, Washington, in December 2014.

 

The fully provisioned KC-46A tanker is expected to undergo its first flight in early 2015, while delivery of the first production aircraft to the USAF is anticipated to take place early next year.

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K-Max returns from Afghan deployment

 

25 Jul 2014 By: Beth Stevenson - FG

 

The US Marine Corps’ Lockheed Martin/Kaman K-Max unmanned helicopter has returned from its Afghan deployment, following almost three years in theatre.

The cargo-carrying unmanned air vehicle returned in May, and is now undergoing technical assessment at Lockheed’s Owego facility in New York.

A USMC assessment of assets in theatre concluded that the UAV was no longer required in Afghanistan to support the mission, so the unmanned rotorcraft was subsequently returned, Capt Patrick Smith, programme executive officer for multi-mission UAS, says.

 

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28 août 2013 3 28 /08 /août /2013 11:20
The joint programmable fuze is used on F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft

The joint programmable fuze is used on F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft

27 August 2013 airforce-technology.com

 

Kaman's Aerospace segment has secured a contract modification for the supply of additional joint programmable fuses (JPF) to the US Air Force (USAF).

 

Valued at $8.6m, the contract represents a follow-on award under Option 10 of the company's JPF contract with the air force and brings the total contract value to approximately $78.6m.

 

Kaman Aerospace Group president Greg Steiner said the contract further strengthens the company's largest single programme by increasing JPF backlog to more than $150m and extending it into 2015.

 

''The order demonstrates the USAF's fuzing requirements and commitment to the programme," Steiner said.

"The contract represents a follow-on award under Option 10 of the company's JPF contract with the air force and brings the total contract value to approximately $78.6m."

 

Awarded by USAF earlier this month, the $70m Option 10 contract also features one more option, which, if exercised, will raise the total value and also extend the performance period through the middle of 2017.

 

Claimed to be the USAF's current bomb fuze of choice, JPF is an electro-mechanical bomb safing and arming device designed to allow the settings of a weapon to be programmed in flight.

 

The fuse is currently used with an array of weapons, including general purpose bombs and guided bombs that use joint direct attack munitions (JDAM), or Paveway kits, as well as several USAF aircraft, such as the F-15 Silent Eagle, F-16 Fighting Falcon, F-22 Raptor, A-10 Thunderbolt, B-1 Lancer, B-2 Spirit, B-52 Stratofortress and the MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

 

Other international aircraft using the fuze, which is manufactured at Kaman's facilities in Florida and Connecticut, US, include the Mirage 3 and JAS 39 Gripen multi-role fighter aircraft.

 

Contract deliveries are expected to start in 2015.

 

Besides serving as the JPF's sole provider to the USAF since 2002, Kaman also provides the bomb fuse to 23 other countries worldwide.

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