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A400M in complex AAR exercise

29th December 2017 - 15:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


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An A400M has successfully refuelled six F-18 fighters in a single mission, Airbus Defence and Space announced on 21 December.

The Spanish Air Force F-18 fighters were fuelled as part of an air-to-air refuelling (AAR) human factors certification flight.

The mission included a number of complex AAR scenarios, including changes of area, receivers with unknown priorities, and unexpected increases in numbers of receivers. Through multiple contacts the six aircraft simulated a fleet of eight.

A total of 11.4 tonnes of fuel was dispensed using both the underwing pods and the centre hose refuelling unit.

Certification authorities on board confirmed good results and the flight validated the A400M two-crew cockpit concept for tanker missions.

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