Boeing Chooses Meggitt's Advanced Smoke Detection System for KC-46 Tanker
- Boeing has selected a Meggitt cargo and cabin smoke detection system for the KC-46 refuelling tanker
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.
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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.
Source : Meggitt Plc.