Boeing, the world’s largest and leading aircraft company, recently completed its KC-46 tanker electromagnetic testing. The testing team included the US Airforce and the Naval air systems command. The testing was conducted to determine whether or not the aircraft would operate safely while going through electromagnetic fields produced by radars, radio towers and other systems under mission conditions. The KC-46 tanker has multiple hard-shell shielding technologies that are all designed into the aircraft to nullify any bad effects on the aircraft.
The KC-46 is a military aircraft, it goes by the code name Pegasus. It is a widebody, multirole tanker that has the ability to refuel all United States allied and coalition military aircraft that are adaptable with international aerial refueling procedures. This military aircraft is designed to carry passengers, patients and cargo. It is also able to detect, avoid, overpower and survive threats. The KC-46 does this using its multiple layers or protection, as mentioned above. The testing conducted for the KC-46 confirms that the number one key risk factor can be retired.
The testing for the military aircraft was conducted on the Naval Air Station Patuxent River for electromagnetic pulse. Testing also took place at the Naval Electromagnetic Radiation Facility, and the Benefield Anechoic Facility at the Air force base in Edwards California. The testing involved hitting the military aircraft with large pulses from coil/transformer that was situated directly above the aircraft. The main goal was to make the simulation as real as if it were happening while in flight. The KC-46 military aircraft has protection that ranges from pulse hardening to cockpit armor.
This aircraft also has an unbelievable lifecycle, which overall makes it a cost-efficient choice. This includes redundant displays and controls which improves controls for improved instruction and reliability.