Air-to-Air Refuelling

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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.

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DC-10 Tankers: Extending Airpower

Derived from the DC-10, the KC-10A has supported every major conflict involving US forces since entering service in 1981.

USAF seeks BLOS capability for tanker fleet

The US Air Force (USAF) has turned to industry as it seeks information regarding the possibility of integrating beyond-line-of-sight (BLOS) technologies onto its air-to-air refuelling aircraft.

Airbus C295 passes milestone in tanker test campaign

Airbus’ C295 medium-lift tactical transport has successfully achieved its first wet contacts as part of an air-to-air refuelling (AAR) flight-test campaign.  

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European tankers gain momentum

Europe’s relative lack of air-to-air refuelling assets has often served to hinder NATO campaigns in the past. Now, as Alan Warnes explains, modernisation plans are starting to bear fruit.