EART

From the Netherlands, Kees van der Mark reports on this year’s European Air Refuelling Training exercise

EART 2017

Armé e de l’Air C-135FR 470/31-CA sits on Eindhoven Air Base’s western apron. The tanker had to cancel several EART sorties due to technical issues and departed early on April 5.

EART, held annually since 2014, again ran parallel to Frisian Flag. It is a European Defence Agency initiative organised by the Eindhoven-based, seven-nation European Air Transport Command (EATC) in cooperation with the Royal Netherlands Air Force. The exercise is one of the results of the acknowledgement by EDA that there is an airto- air refuelling (AAR) capability gap and lack of interoperability in Europe.

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