Cobham has been awarded a contract by the Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office to develop a palletized aerial refuelling system to give the the US Marine Corps’ MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft the ability refuel other aircraft while inflight.
Known as V-22 Aerial Refueling System (VARS), the system will
utilize Cobham's existing FR300 Hose Drum Unit with some
modifications. The roll-on/roll-off kit will enable the
Marines to use their land- and carrier-based MV-22B aircraft to
refuel F-35B Lightning II and F/A-18 Hornet aircraft, thereby
extending their operational range and loiter times.
Design and production of VARS will occur at the Cobham Mission
Systems facility in Davenport, Iowa. Deliveries of VARS will
commence in 2018, upon completion of rigorous analysis and testing
of the system.
Kevin McKeown, Vice President and General Manager of Cobham
Mission Systems, said: "With VARS we continue the tradition of
providing industry leading aerial refueling capability to war
fighters. This program will enable the Marines to extend the
flying range of their fighter aircraft and allow for efficient
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