Cobham, February 19, 2014 - WIMBORNE, Dorset - 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 multiyear 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.
The refuelling probe is one of Cobham's ship set on the V-22 aircraft, which also includes antennas, aircrew restraints, emergency landing gear blow down equipment and on-board Oxygen and inert gas generation systems.
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Cobham Mission Equipment vice president Iain Gibson said: "The Cobham probe provides a proven aerial refuelling solution which further extends the mission performance of the V-22. We are committed to providing Boeing with our ongoing support for the programme." Probes will be fitted on future US Marine Corps MV-22 models and US Air Force Special Operations Command CV-22 models.
About Cobham: Cobham protects lives and livelihoods with its differentiated technology and know-how, operating with a deep insight to customer needs, and agility. The Group offers an innovative range of technologies and services to solve challenging problems across commercial, defence and security markets, from deep space to the depths of the ocean. It has market-leading positions in air-to-air refuelling; aviation services; audio, video and data communications, including satellite communications; defence electronics; life support and mission equipment. The most important thing Cobham builds is trust
About Cobham Mission Equipment: Cobham Mission Equipment is the world market leader for air-to-air refuelling systems, providing fifth generation solutions to Air Forces around the globe. Cobham specialises in under-wing pods for dedicated tankers, 'buddy' pods for smaller fast-jet aircraft, fuselage refuelling unit's for centreline refuelling, probes for both fixed and rotary-wing aircraft and a range of external and internal fuel tanks. To date, more than 2000 hose and probe refuelling systems and over 1,000,000 fuel tanks have been delivered to customers, with expertise extended into the development of autonomous UAV to UAV refuelling.
A comprehensive range of weapons carriage and release equipment for fast jets, rotorcraft and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are also offered. With a capability spanning 'wing tip to wing tip' products include Air to Air and Air to Ground Systems employing both pneumatic and pyrotechnic ejection.
In addition to its airborne capabilities, Cobham Mission Equipment is a systems solution provider of unmanned ground systems in the field of remotely operated Robot technology serving international homeland security and military markets. The range encompasses Explosive Ordnance Disposal robots, completely equipped bomb disposal vehicles,
equipment. Systems integration resources and through life support services are provided to meet customer requirements.