The Bell Boeing Joint Project Office has awarded Cobham a contract to develop an aerial refueling system for the U.S. Marine Corp's MV-22B Osprey to refuel other aircraft in flight.
The V-22 Aerial Refueling System will use Cobham's existing FR300 Hose Drum Unit with modifications. With the system, Ospreys will be able to refuel F-35B Lighting II and F/A-18 Hornet aircraft, according to a Cobham news release.
"This program will enable the Marines to extend the flying range of their fighter aircraft and allow for efficient shipboard operations," said Cobham Mission Systems VP and General Manager Kevin McKeown.
Deliveries of the kit are expected to begin by 2018.
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