Boeing has selected a Meggitt cargo and cabin smoke detection system for the KC-46 refuelling tanker.
The advanced system features advanced optical measurement features and digital signal processing to eliminate the false alarms that disrupt airline schedules, incurring significant cost to airline operators and impairing the readiness of military aircraft.
Meggitt’s fire protection and control facility based in Simi Valley, California will supply the system with the state-the-art micro-particle discrimination feature. Model 604 discriminates between smoke and non-smoke sources of airborne particles—humidity, dust and airborne particulate contamination—based on their optical signature. Immunity to false alarms is guaranteed because it will not, like conventional systems, react to harmless dust concentrations.
18 KC-46 will be delivered by 2017 and the programme will continue until 2028, replacing the KC-135 that has served the United States Air Force for over 40 years. Meggitt, the planned supplier for all 179 KC-46 aircraft, will provide system spares for the lifetime of the programme, which should extend to a similar period.
For further information contact:
Fiona Greig, Corporate Communications
Tel: 01202 597587
Charles Ryland, Jeremy Garcia or Helen Chan
Tel: 020 7466 5000
About Meggitt PLC
Headquartered in the United Kingdom, Meggitt PLC is an international group operating in North America, Europe and Asia. Known for its specialised extreme environment engineering, Meggitt is a world leader in civil and military aerospace equipment, sensing systems, combat support and defence systems training.
About Meggitt Safety Systems
Meggitt Safety Systems has been producing innovative aircraft fire detection and industrial fire and gas protection systems for over 35 years. In April 2011, it began an integration process with fire suppression specialist HTL as part of Meggitt’s Pacific Scientific Aerospace acquisition, enabling it to offer aerospace customers a full fire protection and control system in-house.
The Meggitt group will also benefit from Pacific Scientific Aerospace’s capabilities in electrical power generation, linear motion control, engine sensing, aircraft security and associated repair and overhaul services.