EADS North America submits KC-X Tanker Proposal
EADS North America today submitted 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 capabilities of the EADS KC-45. The KC-45, based on the 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.
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: EATON (actuators, valves and other systems), GE Aviation (engines and systems), Goodrich Corporation (varied aircraft systems), Hamilton Sundstrand (generators, turbines and related systems), Honeywell (communications and navigation systems and other aircraft components), 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 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.