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ARBOOM - Novel, Tactical-Sized Reconfigurable Aerial Refueling Boom

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-19-C-2205
Agency Tracking Number: F171-060-0343
Amount: $749,982.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF171-060
Solicitation Number: 17.1
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-10-17
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-10-17
Small Business Information
200 Boston Avenue Suite 1000
Medford, MA 02155
United States
DUNS: 786127522
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Jeff Court
 Director of Innovation
 (781) 306-0609
Business Contact
 Attila Lengyel
Phone: (781) 306-0609
Research Institution

Current aerial refueling booms are designed to transfer fuel at high rates, and are sized to meet the needs of legacy bomber aircraft and heavy transports. Hose and drogue systems are often more flexible and are a better fit for tactical aircraft in terms of fuel flow rate. Fighters can take on fuel from a boom tanker at a reduced flow rate, but it doesn’t change the fact that current refueling booms are oversized for their use, and fighter aircraft (as opposed to other tanker/utility aircraft) are the ones with the greatest number of refueling operations. As unmanned combat air vehicles (UCAVs) are used more, the demand for refueling of smaller, tactical vehicles will increase. According to the Air Force, a better match would be a new, smaller boom, appropriately sized for offloading fuel to fighters and UCAVs, which would also be easier to integrate onto tankers in a variety of locations (wing mounted, off centerline, on the ramp, etc.), require less powerful actuators to enable the full range of boom control, and impart lower reactive loads onto the tanker. As a result, there is a unique opportunity to develop a smaller boom for servicing tactical receivers.

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