KAI contracts Cobham to deliver air refuelling probe solution for FA-50

3 December 2020 (Last Updated December 3rd, 2020 11:52)

Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has awarded a contract to Cobham Mission Systems to provide an air refuelling probe solution for the FA-50 advanced jet aircraft.

KAI contracts Cobham to deliver air refuelling probe solution for FA-50
A FA-50 jet on a test flight. Credit: Republic of Korea Air Force, Korea Aerospace Industries.

Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has awarded a contract to Cobham Mission Systems to provide an air refuelling probe solution for the FA-50 advanced jet aircraft.

Under the contract, Cobham will be responsible for the design, development and qualification of a telescopic probe solution.

The company expects that the contract will lead to delivering customised solutions according to serial production needs in the future for the Korean company’s customer base.

The air refuelling probe for the FA-50 jet will allow it to conduct air refuelling with the hose and drogue tankers.

According to Cobham, this capability will help boost the aircraft’s flexibility and interoperability during operations.

Cobham Mission Systems in the UK air-to-air refuelling vice-president Russell Bailey said: “Having supported KAI for over a decade, we are delighted to deliver this new operational capability for their impressive FA-50 jet.

“Recognised for providing leading-edge and optimised solutions to meet the air refuelling capability requirements of airforces around the world, Cobham Mission Systems is uniquely placed to deliver this project.

“Our dedicated team looks forward to collaborating closely with KAI to create a bespoke probe design for the FA-50 that will deliver an enhanced operational capability to end users.”

In September 2017, Cobham completed the development of a two-part breathing sensor system for pilots, which will help identify the root cause of military aviation physiological events.

In August, KAI contracted Cobham to provide weapons carriage and release equipment for the future Korean Fighter Experimental (KF-X) multi-role fighter aircraft.