Cob­ham bags or­ders for V-22 re­fu­elling probes

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE -

Fol­low­ing the sign­ing of a me­moran­dum of un­der­stand­ing (MoU) by Boe­ing and Cob­ham in June 2013, Cob­ham has re­cently se­cured the first two an­nual lots for the sup­ply of re­fu­elling probes for the V-22 Osprey tilt-ro­tor air­craft in sup­port of the sec­ond V-22 multi-year award from the US Naval Air Sys­tems Com­mand (NAVAIR).

Ca­pa­ble of with­stand­ing se­vere op­er­at­ing en­vi­ron­ments, Cob­ham’s re­fu­elling probe is an in­her­ent fea­ture of the Bell Boe­ing V-22, and is fun­da­men­tal to the air­craft’s self-de­ploy­ment ca­pa­bil­ity and op­er­a­tional range. The unique, patented tele­scop­ing mech­a­nism ex­tends the probe tip be­yond the Osprey’s nose, and fully re­tracts into the fuse­lage. These char­ac­ter­is­tics pro­vide the air­craft with im­proved aero­dy­nam­ics and a re­duced foot­print.

Probes will be fit­ted on fu­ture US Ma­rine Corps MV-22 mod­els and US Air Force Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions Com­mand CV-22 mod­els. SP

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