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2024-06-06

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

Leonardo DRS, Inc. recently announced that it was awarded a contract from Boeing Defense to provide the upgraded Aerial Refuelling Operator Station (AROS 2.0) for new U.S. Air Force KC-46 Pegasus refuelling tanker aircraft.
 
Under the contract, DRS will manufacture the AROS 2.0 units and deliver them to Boeing for installation. The AROS 2.0 system is a replacement to the previous generation of AROS refuelling operator stations. DRS was the original provider of the first generation of AROS with more than 85 consoles fielded to date.
 
AROS was designed for the aircraft to seat two operators at the front of the tanker using displays for each operator. The system allows operators to perform aerial refuelling 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.
 
DRS’s advanced manufacturing process used on AROS is an example of the company’s deep experience as a leader in complex manufacturing and technical design package management. The AROS 2.0 units will be manufactured at the company’s Johnstown, Pennsylvania manufacturing centre of excellence.
 

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