Aerial refueling

June 30, 2011 - 8:06am

Prominent U.S. defense programs are feeling pressure from more than just Congress and Pentagon cost police. Before and during the Paris Air Show, Boeing’s KC-46A tanker and Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II faced flak from the aviation press and, in the latter case, an ally’s speech.

June 27, 2011 - 5:55am
The Royal Australian Air Force has taken delivery of the first two of five Ai...

Airbus Military has delivered two of five A330MRTTs ordered by launch customer the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). After a delay of more than two years, the first aircraft was flown from Madrid to RAAF Amberley and handed over in a formal ceremony on June 1. The second was handed over on June 22.

June 27, 2011 - 5:45am
A Gripen refuels over the Mediterranean before heading to Libya. It carries a...

Since April 22 the Swedish air force Gripens have been conducting operations over Libya as part of the NATO response to UNSCR 1973. Sweden already maintained a unit of eight aircraft on a deployment alert for the Nordic Battle Group, and it was these aircraft that were sent to Sigonella in Sicily. They arrived within 23 hours of the parliamentary approval for the operation, their participation being sponsored by full NATO member Denmark.

June 22, 2011 - 7:05pm

Boeing finally released significant detail on the U.S. Air Force KC-46 Tanker, and a list of the major suppliers, at the Paris Air Show yesterday.

June 21, 2011 - 8:55pm

Boeing may not be saying much about the configuration of the KC-46 aerial tanker, but Raytheon revealed that it will be protecting the next U.S. Air Force tanker. The company announced a contract from Boeing to supply ALR-69A radar-warning receivers and anti-jam GPS receivers. The ALR-69A has previously been fitted to Lockheed Martin C-130s and F-16s.

June 13, 2011 - 7:13am
The in-development Boeing KC-46A refuelling tanker will be based on the compa...

Since winning the $4 billion contract from the U.S. Air Force for development and engineering of the KC-X refuelling tanker last February, Boeing has provided only generalities on the design of its KC-46A. Last week, during a series of media briefings in Philadelphia and St.

May 23, 2011 - 10:25am
Italy now has two of the four KC-767 tanker-transports it ordered in 2002....

There was news last week of two long-delayed air-refueling tanker contracts. The Italian air force (AMI–Aeronautica Militare Italiano) formally accepted into service two of the four Boeing KC-767 tanker-transports that it ordered more than eight years ago. But Airbus Military conceded that another few weeks will likely pass before the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) accepts its first two A330MRTTs.

April 8, 2011 - 7:13am
Air-to-ground strikes intended to protect civilians have not prevented Gaddaf...

The coalition of nations flying over Libya to protect civilians under UN Resolution 1973 is still flying some 150 sorties daily. Countries contributing aircraft are Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, Norway, Qatar, the Netherlands, Spain, the UAE, the UK and the U.S. 

February 4, 2011 - 5:45am
The RAAF is the launch customer for the A330MRTT, but Airbus and the service ...

Airbus Military has flight-tested the fuselage refueling unit (FRU) of the A330 multi-role tanker transport (MRTT) for the first time. The Cobham-supplied FRU is a hose-and-drogue system that is fitted to the version destined for the UK Royal Air Force as its future strategic tanker aircraft (FSTA). It transfers fuel at a greater rate than the underwing hose-and-drogue units that Cobham supplies for all A330MRTTs.

January 7, 2011 - 5:06am
Marshall Aerospace is upgrading the avionics of nine Lockheed Tristar tanker ...

Marshall Aerospace has completed development of an avionics upgrade for the UK Royal Air Force (RAF) fleet of nine Lockheed Tristar tanker-transports. The work was designed to avoid obsolescence problems that now affect these aging aircraft, and to provide compliance with the latest requirements for flying in civil airspace, such as CNS/ATM.

 
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