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A400M airlifter refuels F/A-18 Hornet in flight

28th August 2014 - 16:43 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


Airbus Defence and Space has reported that the A400M airlifter has performed successful air-to-air refuelling (AAR) tests with an F/A-18 Hornet jet.

The test campaign saw 18.6 tonnes of fuel dispensed to an F/A-18 Hornet during five flights and 35 wet contacts. Thirty-three dry contacts were also made.

The A400M has full provisions for AAR operations already installed as standard and only requires the rapid installation of the optional AAR kit to become a tanker. As a tanker, the aircraft has a basic fuel capacity of 50.8 tonnes which can be increased by the use of extra cargo hold tanks.

This is the latest in AAR refuelling developments for the A400M. In July, a refuelling operation was conducted between a company-owned A400M and a UK RAF Voyager variant of the A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport

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