[Avionics Today 09-15-2015] Cobham has secured an unnamed launch customer for its new Air Separation Module (ASM) for 737 Next Generation (NG) commercial airlines. The ASM uses hollow fiber membranes to generate nitrogen to inert — or render safe from fire — aircraft fuel tanks by creating an atmosphere where fires cannot exist due to insufficient oxygen.
The team at Cobham Mission Systems will supply the product directly to commercial airline customers, starting with its unnamed launch customer. According to the company, Cobham's 737 ASM will provide more than $1.5 million of cost savings for a fleet of ten aircraft during a decade of operation. Cobham will begin deliveries of the system in late 2015.