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EADS North America to submit KC-X tanker proposal one day early

EADS North America today will submit its proposal in the United States Air Force KC-X aerial refueling tanker competition, a day ahead of the July 9 deadline. The 8,800+ page proposal details the unequalled capabilities of the EADS North America KC-45, which is fully responsive to the U.S. Air Force Request for Proposal (RFP), and will be built in the U.S. by 48,000 Americans.

"We're proud of our offering, which is the only one in this competition that is flying and refuelling today, including a full array of receiver aircraft," said EADS North America Chairman Ralph Crosby. "The Air Force will select the tanker that best meets the American warfighters' requirements. We are anxious to conclude the acquisition process and are confident in the superior capabilities of the KC-45."

The KC-45, based on the commercially successful A330, will be assembled in a new manufacturing facility to be built in Mobile, Alabama, which will also produce Airbus commercial freighter aircraft – more than doubling the aircraft production that the tanker alone would bring. "We're also pleased that our significant industrial investment will provide an economic boost to the struggling Gulf Coast region," said Crosby.

The KC-45 will also create and support jobs across a supplier base of more than 200 American companies. Along with prime contractor EADS North America, the KC-45 industry supplier team includes many trusted providers of equipment and services for America's warfighters, including:

• EATON (actuators, pumps, valves, nozzles and other aerial refueling equipment)

• GE Aviation (engines and systems)

• Goodrich Corporation (various aircraft systems)

• Hamilton Sundstrand (generators, turbines and related systems)

• Honeywell (communications and navigation systems and other aircraft components)

The reliability and performance of the KC-45 and its refueling systems has been validated by over 1,000 boom/hose-and-drogue contacts and refuelings involving a wide range of aircraft, including F-16 and F/A-18 fighters, E-3 AWACS and other A330 tankers. The KC-45 is the U.S. Air Force configuration of the Airbus Military A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport, which has been selected by four allied nations, winning every head-to-head competition against Boeing tankers. The KC-45 carries more fuel, cargo and passengers over greater ranges than the NewGen concept aircraft that Boeing has described as its offering to the U.S. Air Force.

• Moog Inc. (flight control systems)

• Parker Aerospace (aerial refueling receptacles, hydraulic system equipment, fluid conveyance products and fuel components)

• Rockwell Collins (electronics)

• Triumph Aerostructures - Vought Aircraft Division (wing structures)

The reliability and performance of the KC-45 and its refueling systems has been validated by over 1,000 boom/hose-and-drogue contacts and refuelings involving a wide range of aircraft, including F-16 and F/A-18 fighters, E-3 AWACS and other A330 tankers. The KC-45 is the U.S. Air Force configuration of the Airbus Military A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport, which has been selected by four allied nations, winning every head-to-head competition against Boeing tankers. The KC-45 carries more fuel, cargo and passengers over greater ranges than the NewGen aircraft concept that Boeing has described as its offering to the Air Force. To learn more about the KC-45 and see video of airborne refueling operations, visit www.kc-45now.com.

Press release issued by Airbus Group North America, Inc. on July 8, 2010

 

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Airbus Group North America, Inc. Airframer
Eaton Aerospace, Actuation Systems Division Fuel Control Systems, Electromechanical Actuators, Hydraulic Actuators, Flow Control Valves, Hydraulic System Valves, Rotary Actuators, Linear Actuators, Pneumatic Actuators, Valves, Aircraft Landing Gear
GE Aircraft Engines Turboprop Engines, Turboshaft Engines, Turbofan Engines, Turbojet Engines
UTC Aerospace Systems, Air Management Systems AC/DC Generators, Auxiliary Power Units, Emergency Generators, Ram Air Drives, Turbine Engine Starters
Honeywell Aerospace Air Conditioning Equipment, Air Conditioning Equipment, Cockpit Printers, Airborne Communication Systems, Cargo Systems, Airspeed Indicators, WAAS Equipment, Starter Generators, Bleed Air Systems, Air Purification Systems, Flight Management Systems, Engine Parts, Pneumatic Systems Equipment, Automatic Flight Control Systems, Inertial Components & Systems, Multi-Mode Receivers (MMR), Auxiliary Power Units, Cabin Pressure Control Systems, Autopilots, Cockpit Control Systems, Avionics Management Systems, Automatic Direction Finders, Distance Measuring Equipment, Transceivers, VOR (Omnirange) Receivers, Radio Communications Equipment, GPS, Attitude and Heading Reference Systems, Radar/Radio Altimeters, Terrain Awareness and Warning Systems, Horizontal Situation Indicator, Heading Indicators, Onboard Intercom Systems, Electronic Flight Instrument Systems, Flight Recorders, Collision Avoidance Systems/TCAS, Fly-by-Wire Systems, Air Data Computers, Cabin Management Systems, Weather Mapping Radar, Emergency Locator Transmitters, Radar Transponders, IFF Interrogators, Glide Slope Receivers, Weapons Countermeasures, LCD Displays, Moving Maps, Enhanced Vision Systems (EVS), Inflight Entertainment, Angle of Attack Indicators, Proximity Sensors
Moog Inc. Mechanical Actuators, Test Stands, Test Equipment, Automatic Flight Control Systems, Engine Controls, Fly-by-Wire Systems, Servoactuators, Electromechanical Actuators, Servovalves, Rotary Actuators, Aircraft & Helicopter Controllers
Parker Aerospace, Air & Fuel Division Pressure Control Valves, Relief Valves, Fuel Tanks & Systems, Check Valves, Solenoid Valves, Pneumatic Systems Equipment, Ice Protection/Prevention Equipment, Fuel Inerting Systems
Rockwell Collins Inc. Head-Up Displays, Radio Communications Equipment, Moving Maps, Enhanced Vision Systems (EVS), LCD Displays, Engine Indicator Instruments, Cabin Management Systems, Automatic Flight Control Systems, Inflight Entertainment, Automatic Direction Finders, Cabin Address Systems, Autopilots, Radar/Radio Altimeters, Distance Measuring Equipment, VOR (Omnirange) Receivers, Avionics Management Systems, Air-to-Ground Data Links, Multi-Mode Receivers (MMR), Engine Control Quadrants, Control Panels, Aircraft & Helicopter Controllers, Collision Avoidance Systems/TCAS, Helmet-Mounted Displays (HMD), Weather Mapping Radar, Inertial Components & Systems, Attitude and Heading Reference Systems, Navigation Antennas, Transceivers, Flight Recorders, Cockpit Printers, Flight Directors, Flight Management Systems, Electronic Flight Instrument Systems, Air Data Computers, Onboard Computers, UAV Control Software, GPS, Simulation Systems, Surveillance/Air Defense Radar, Engine Controls, Terrain Awareness and Warning Systems, Horizontal Situation Indicator, Instrument Landing Systems, Command, Control & Intelligence Systems, Airborne Communication Systems
Triumph Aerostructures - Precision Components Aircraft Structural Components, Empennages, Aircraft Doors, Nacelles, Wings, Helicopter Assemblies, Fuselage Sections, Wing Spoilers, Wing Flaps, Air Refuelling Systems, Wire Assemblies, Testing Services, Wing Spars, Fairings, Aircraft Flooring

 

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