Air-to-Air Refuelling

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IN PICTURES: USAF B-1Bs perform maritime mission over Europe

USAF-operated Rockwell B-1B Lancers from the 9th EBS conducted air-to-air refuelling operations ahead of a counter maritime mission with NATO allies and partner nations in the Black Sea region on October 19. We joined the 100th ARW to witness the in-flight refuelling first-hand

US Navy F/A-18E refuels RAF F-35Bs for the first time

Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning IIs assigned to the RAF’s No 617 Squadron ‘The Dambusters’ have conducted buddy-buddy air-to-air refuelling operations with a US Navy-operated Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet for the first time

MQ-25A refuels F-35C in-flight for the first time

Boeing’s MQ-25A Stingray test asset marked yet another milestone on September 13, when the platform completed its first aerial refuelling of a US Navy-operated Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighter

Finland concludes AAR exercise with the USAF

For the second time this year, Boeing F/A-18C/D Hornets from the Finnish Air Force have concluded an air-to-air refuelling exercise with the USAF

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Swedish Gripens set to start AAR clearance with A400M

Clearing the Saab Gripen C/D for air-to-air refuelling from the Airbus A400M is finally set to start. According to a Luftwaffe (German Air Force) source, an A400M from LTG-62 will deploy from Wunstorf, Germany, to Luleå-Kallax in Sweden on September 13 for two weeks of clearance work

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MQ-25A refuels US Navy E-2D for the first time

The US Navy’s Unmanned Carrier Aviation programme completed its first aerial refuelling flight with an E-2D Advanced Hawkeye on August 18 during a sortie from MidAmerica Airport in Mascoutah, Illinois

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KC-46A’s centreline drogue system approved for operational use

Headquarters Air Mobility Command announced on July 12 that the USAF’s Boeing KC-46A Pegasus Centerline Drogue System mission set has been approved for operational use

A400M steps closer to helicopter refuelling certification

Airbus has successfully completed a major helicopter air-to-air refuelling certification campaign with the A400M heavy-lift tactical transport, marking a major milestone in the platform’s continued development

USAF awards Boeing $2.12bn for Lot 7 production KC-46s

Boeing has been awarded a US$2.12bn contract modification by the US Department of Defense (DoD) to manufacture and deliver an additional 15 KC-46A Pegasus tankers for the USAF under a seventh production lot

A400M conducts first 'wet' refuelling test with H225M

France’s Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) announced that an Airbus A400M tactical tanker/transport had completed the first ‘wet’ air-to-air (AAR) refuelling contact with a H225M Caracal helicopter on August 19.