Windsor Locks, Conn - Boeing has selected Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation as a supplier to the Boeing KC-46 aerial refueling tanker. Hamilton Sundstrand is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).
Hamilton Sundstrand will supply the KC-46’s environmental control system, electric power generation system, emergency ram air turbine system, fans and engine bleed air system, engine controls and accessories, bleed air leak detection system, and the engine/auxiliary power unit fire detection and overheat detection system.
The KC-46 multi-mission tanker is based on the Boeing 767 commercial transport. Hamilton Sundstrand’s hardware is identical to, or largely based on, the systems that the company supplies to the Boeing 767-400. Software modifications will be necessary in certain systems to accommodate the needs of the KC-46 and its multi-role air refueling mission.
“We are proud to join Boeing’s nationwide team in support of the U.S. Air Force’s advanced tanker,” said Hamilton Sundstrand President Alain M. Bellemare. “As a long-term supplier to the Boeing 767 commercial airplane, Hamilton Sundstrand provides a low-risk solution for Boeing and cost-effective value for U.S. taxpayers.”
Boeing will provide the Air Mobility Command an inventory of 179 KC-46 tankers. Initial flight is scheduled for 2014, with delivery of the first 18 aircraft projected to occur by 2017.
With 2010 sales of $5.6 billion, Hamilton Sundstrand is headquartered in Windsor Locks, Conn. Among the world's largest suppliers of technologically advanced aerospace and industrial products, the company designs, manufactures and services aerospace systems and provides integrated system solutions for commercial, regional, corporate and military aircraft. It also is a major supplier for international space programs.
United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Conn., is a diversified company that provides high-technology products and services to the aerospace and building industries.