Boe­ing Team Com­pletes KC-46 Tanker Elec­tro­mag­netic Test­ing

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EVERETT, Wash­ing­ton. A Boe­in­gled team, US Air Force and Naval Air Sys­tems Com­mand rep­re­sen­ta­tives, re­cently com­pleted KC-46 tanker elec­tro­mag­netic test­ing. This test­ing eval­u­ates the air­craft’s abil­ity to safely op­er­ate through elec­tro­mag­netic fields pro­duced by radars, ra­dio tow­ers and other sys­tems un­der mis­sion con­di­tions.

“The KC-46 tanker is pro­tected by var­i­ous hard­en­ing and shield­ing tech­nolo­gies de­signed into the air­craft to negate any ef­fects on the air­craft,” said Mike Gib­bons, Boe­ing KC-46 vice pres­i­dent and pro­gramme man­ager. “This suc­cess­ful ef­fort re­tires one of the key risks on the pro­gramme.”

Test­ing was con­ducted on the Naval Air Sta­tion Patux­ent River, Md., elec­tro­mag­netic pulse (EMP) and Naval Elec­tro­mag­netic Ra­di­a­tion Fa­cil­ity pads and also in the Bene­field Ane­choic Fa­cil­ity at Ed­wards Air Force Base, Calif. Dur­ing tests on the EMP pad at Patux­ent River, the pro­gramme’s se­cond low-rate ini­tial pro­duc­tion KC-46 re­ceived pulses from a large coil/trans­former sit­u­ated above the air­craft. The out­door sim­u­la­tion was de­signed to test and eval­u­ate the KC-46’s EMP pro­tec­tion while in flight.

The KC-46A is a mul­ti­role tanker that is de­signed to re­fuel all al­lied and coali­tion mil­i­tary air­craft com­pat­i­ble with in­ter­na­tional aerial re­fu­el­ing pro­ce­dures and can carry pas­sen­gers, cargo and pa­tients. Boe­ing is as­sem­bling KC-46 air­craft at its Everett, Wash­ing­ton, fa­cil­ity.

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