AmSafe to provide barrier nets for Boeing KC-46A

  • 30-Sep-2011 09:41 EDT

AmSafe Industries Inc., a provider of engineered restraint systems to the aviation, defense, and specialty vehicle markets, received a contract from Boeing valued at up to $45 million to supply barrier nets for the new KC-46A aerial refueling tanker aircraft. The KC-46A was recently selected by the U.S. Air Force (USAF) to replace the older KC-135 Stratotanker. AmSafe will supply a 9G barrier net and stationary and movable smoke barriers specifically designed for the KC-46A tanker aircraft. The deliveries are expected to commence in 2015 in support of the USAF requirement for 179 Boeing aircraft. The AmSafe barrier net can accommodate an aircraft's maximum cargo payload under forward movement conditions of 9 g. The AmSafe smoke barrier performs as a blockade between the cargo and crew, preventing smoke or flames from entering into the passenger cabin and flight deck areas of the aircraft. The stationary version of the smoke barrier fits across the fuselage section; the movable version can be fitted in a number of different positions within the cabin to accommodate different mixes of cargo and crew/passengers.

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