Cobham has designed, qualified, and manufactured more than 40,000 internal/external aircraft fuel tanks for some of the most advanced aircraft in the world

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Cobham has designed, qualified, and manufactured more than 30,000 370-gallon wing tanks and pylons for the F-16 aircraft, more than 8000 600-gallon tanks for the F-15 aircraft, more than 3000 275-gallon centerline/wing tanks for the F-5 aircraft, and more than 400 330-gallon centerline/wing tanks for the F/A-18 aircraft.


 Fuel tanks are designed to provide range extension and are built to Military Specification MIL-T-7378 to be used with either JP-4, JP-5 or JP-8 fuels.

 Cobham has produced external fuel tanks for USAF fighter aircraft dating back to the P-38.

In addition to external fuel tanks for fighter aircraft, Cobham also produces the 1360-gallon tank for the C-130 transport, as well as a complete line of double-walled, internal fuel tanks for commercial aircraft.


External Aircraft Fuel Tank design features include:

  • Compartmentalised for Center of Gravity Control
  • Nestable / Connected Construction Permitting Rapid Disassembly/Assembly
  • All Welded Construction
  • Jettisonable Tank
  • Filament-Wound / All Welded Aluminum Survivable Tank, Able to Withstand Incendiary
  • Gunfire Tests and Shrapnel Containment Without Explosion Burning or Structural Failure
  • Fuel Level Indicator
  • Shut-Off Valve
  • Hi-Level Float Switch
  • Pilot Valve Operated Fuel Control Valve
  • Positive and Negative Relief Valve
  • Access Doors for Replacement of Components
  • Reticulated Polyurethane Foam Fill for Explosion Suppression
  • The Ability to be Containerized
  • Spare Parts available
  • Suspension Lugs
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