Collins Aerospace Systems, a unit of Raytheon Technologies Corp., and Knight Aerospace have introduced an innovative roll-on/roll-off Air Transportable Galley/Lavatory System (ATGL) for military cargo aircraft.
The new solution makes it possible to rapidly replace costly-to-maintain systems with a modern solution that serves military personnel during long missions.
The new ATGL is a universal system that contains a full-service galley and two lavatories on a customized pallet that can be loaded on board any cargo aircraft, including the C-130, C-17 and KC-46, on either 108” or 88” directional bias.
The first-to-market solution combines Knight’s industry expertise in specialty palletized systems, customized cabinetry and systems integration with Collins’ cabin interior leadership in galleys, galley inserts and lavatories to create a solution that accommodates missions of mass troop transport. The ATGL solution is supported by Collins’ global maintenance, repair and overhaul network.
“The current solutions flying today are well past their obsolescence age and finding the correct parts to fix what’s currently available is becoming increasingly difficult,” said Bianca Rhodes, President and CEO for Knight Aerospace. “The ATGL solution is not only a more practical and cost-effective solution, it’s also representative of the most technologically advanced and airworthy solutions available today.”
Each lavatory is equipped with Collins’ advanced vacuum wastewater system and Agile™ toilet, increasing sanitary measures onboard the aircraft and eliminating the usage of blue water systems that rely on special service trucks to pump out waste after each flight. The pallet provides a robust, high-quality, durable platform for the lavatory and galley while also interfacing to the aircraft cargo handling system without the need for additional tie-downs or attachment points.
“The ATGL solution demonstrates the ability of two leaders in innovation to deliver solutions that create tremendous value for our customers around the world,” said Trevor Skelly, vice president and general manager of Integration Engineering for Collins Aerospace. “Together with Knight Aerospace we’ve developed a product that far exceeds what could have been done separately.”
About Knight Aerospace
Knight Aerospace has designed and manufactured a variety of roll-on/roll-off palletized and modular solutions for a wide range of cargo aircraft. Over the span of the last 30 years, the company has delivered products to over 34 countries. Its focus on producing products which transport people and patients safely and comfortably make it the world standard in VIP transport and medical evacuation.
About Collins Aerospace
Collins Aerospace Systems is a leader in technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for the global aerospace and defense industry. Collins Aerospace has the capabilities, comprehensive portfolio and expertise to solve customers’ toughest challenges and to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving global market. With 2019 net sales of approximately $26 billion, the business has 78,000 employees across more than 300 locations globally. It is one of the four businesses that form Raytheon Technologies.
About Raytheon Technologies
“Raytheon Technologies Corporation is an aerospace and defense company that provides advanced systems and services for commercial, military and government customers worldwide. With 195,000 employees and four industry-leading businesses ― Collins Aerospace Systems, Pratt & Whitney, Raytheon Intelligence & Space and Raytheon Missiles & Defense ― the company delivers solutions that push the boundaries in avionics, cybersecurity, directed energy, electric propulsion, hypersonics, and quantum physics. The company, formed in 2020 through the combination of Raytheon Company and the United Technologies Corporation aerospace businesses, is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.”