Advanced Vision Systems Guide KC-46A Tanker Aircraft

March 15, 2017
The KC-46A Pegasus is a wide body tanker aircraft that can provide in-air refueling of U.S., allied, and coalition military aircraft.

The U.S. Air Force has looked to Boeing and its KC-46A tanker aircraft as part of the plan to upgrade the service’s tanker fleet. The KC-46A Pegasus is a wide body tanker aircraft that can provide in-air refueling of U.S., allied, and coalition military aircraft. Nearly 180 of the aircraft will be built and supplied to the USAF over the next several years.

Equipped with the Remote Visions System (RVS) from Rockwell Collins, the aircraft can also detect, avoid, defeat, and survive threats. The firm provides flight displays, communications, networking, and remote vision for refueling and other systems on the KC-46A.

The Remote Visions System (RVS) combines different optical wavelengths and detection technologies for complete cockpit vision aboard the U.S. Air Force's KC-46A tanker aircraft. (Courtesy of Rockwell Collins)

The unique RVS platform combines two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) vision technologies using visible and long-wave infrared optical spectra for safe refueling of aircraft in all weather and possible threat conditions. “The cutting-edge technology developed for the RVS defies anything that’s previously been used for airborne refueling,” said Dave Schreck, Rockwell Collins’ vice president and general manager for Airborne Solutions. “This technology resulted from the hard work and innovative spirit of dedicated, professional teams from Rockwell Collins, Boeing, and the Air Force.”

About the Author

Jack Browne | Technical Contributor

Jack Browne, Technical Contributor, has worked in technical publishing for over 30 years. He managed the content and production of three technical journals while at the American Institute of Physics, including Medical Physics and the Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology. He has been a Publisher and Editor for Penton Media, started the firm’s Wireless Symposium & Exhibition trade show in 1993, and currently serves as Technical Contributor for that company's Microwaves & RF magazine. Browne, who holds a BS in Mathematics from City College of New York and BA degrees in English and Philosophy from Fordham University, is a member of the IEEE.

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