Boeing contracts Cobham for bomb carriages

March 23, 2011 at 8:22 AM

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y., March 23 (UPI) -- Cobham Mission Equipment in New York has received a Boeing contract for U.S. Air Force small-diameter bomb carriages.

The value of the contract wasn't disclosed but the company, a subsidiary of Britain's Cobham Plc, said it calls for the manufacture of more than 400 units for the seventh production lot of BRU-61/A weapons carriage systems.

The BRU-61/A is used by the Air Force's F-15E jet fighter to carry four SDB precision-strike munitions, increasing the aircraft capability per sortie. The BRU-61/A utilizes pneumatic ejection technology to release the SDB using compressed air rather than pyrotechnic cartridges.

"The BRU-61/A is a much safer system that requires significantly less logistical support, maintenance and repair when compared with legacy systems," said Iain Gibson, president of Cobham Mission Equipment.

"Cobham has been supplying this system to Boeing for seven years, with an outstanding delivery and performance record and we are confident they will continue to choose Cobham as a trusted supplier."

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