AGSE® Shines Bright in Boeing’s KC-46 U.S. Supplier Spotlight
In its latest KC-46 U.S. Supplier Spotlight, The Boeing Company highlights AGSE's dynamic team and innovative lean manufacturing capabilities that help deliver critical components to support its world-renowned military aerial refueler. Boeing recently visited AGSE headquarters to hear the inspiring stories from our dedicated workforce and see firsthand how our trusted engine GSE & Tooling solutions contribute to its acclaimed Pegasus aircraft.
"We're just grateful that we can be even a small part of a program that helps our military protect and defend our country," said Diane Morey-Henderson, President & CEO of AGSE. "That makes us more proud than anything."
AGSE's production group, encompassing many decades of experience, disciplines, and backgrounds, including some second-generation members, skillfully build the OEM-approved shipping stand to safely handle Pratt & Whitney's PW4062 engine that powers the KC-46. The American-made stand simplifies on-wing engine removal and installation with a bootstrap-capable cradle (AM-2371) that pins to a rugged pneumatic tire base (AGSE-E222), allowing it to tow the engine long distances around a hangar or military base. Its shock-mounted frame reduces vibration during engine transport, a hydraulic system enables both axles to deploy or stow ergonomically, and Skydrol-resistant paint provides lasting protection against corrosion. The versatile base can also interface with a custom-designed cradle (AM-1928) that supports GE Aviation's F138 engine, which powers Lockheed Martin's C-5M Super Galaxy military transport aircraft.
Developed from Boeing's KC-767, the KC-46 entered service with the United States Air Force in 2019 and Japan's Air Self-Defense Force in late 2021. In addition to transporting over 212,000 pounds (96,162 kg) of fuel, it can accommodate up to 58 passengers or 18 cargo pallets. From the Aerial Refueling Operator Station (AROS), operators can connect the refueling boom, supplemented by pods at each wingtip and a centerline drogue system under the rear fuselage, to other aircraft. The Pegasus' cutting-edge Remote Vision System (RVS) can execute refueling missions in total darkness (with both aircraft blacked out). Boeing has now delivered 63 KC-46s to armed forces worldwide and recently received a new contract from the U.S. Air Force to manufacture 15 more of its pioneering aircraft.
AGSE congratulates Boeing on its recent success and applauds its commitment to safeguarding our great nation's skies. To learn more about the tireless contributions of the men and women at AGSE who help keep the KC-46 in the air, please see the U.S. Supplier Spotlight by clicking here.