Leonardo DRS to Build Aerial Refuelling Operator Station for KC-46 Tanker Fleet

These units serve as replacements for the earlier generation of AROS refueling operator stations.
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  • 06:53 AM, May 9, 2024
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Leonardo DRS to Build Aerial Refuelling Operator Station for KC-46 Tanker Fleet
US Air Force boom operator training on KC-46A Pegasus AROS. Credit: USAF

Boeing has awarded Leonardo DRS a contract to build upgraded aerial refueling operator stations (AROS 2.0) for U.S. Air Force KC-46 Pegasus refueling tanker aircraft.

Leonardo DRS is contracted to manufacture and supply AROS 2.0 units to Boeing for installation. These units serve as replacements for the earlier generation of AROS refueling operator stations.

Work for the contract will be performed at the company’s factory in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

We are the provider of this critical system that ensures aircrew refuelers are given the best available technology to perform this challenging mission. We will continue to provide agile service and quality products to support these critical operators,” said Cari Ossenfort, senior vice president and general manager of the Leonardo DRS Naval Electronics business unit.

We look forward to continuing our strong relationship with Boeing in support of the U.S. Air Force.”

AROS seats two operators at the front of the tanker, using displays for each. The system allows operators to perform aerial refueling missions while seated near the pilot and other crew members compared to legacy tankers that use a single boom operated seated or prone in the tail looking out a window.

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