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Cobham to develop aerial refueling kit for USMC's MV-22B tiltrotor aircraft

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Cobham to develop aerial refueling kit for USMC's MV-22B tiltrotor aircraft
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.
Cobham to develop aerial refueling kit for USMC s MV 22B tiltrotor aircraft 640 001A V-22 equipped testing a prototype aerial refueling system safely with a F/A-18 Hornet
(Credit: Bell-Boeing)
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 shipboard operations."