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Airbus certifies A400M CHT refuelling unit

26th February 2019 - 09:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


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Airbus, together with the Spanish Air Force Test Centre, has successfully completed the certification flight tests for the A400M Cargo Hold Tanks (CHT) refuelling unit, the company announced on 21 February

The milestone paves the way towards the full certification of the aircraft for air-to-air refuelling operations as a tanker.

The test campaign saw a total of nine flights that delivered 90 tonnes of fuel to the Spanish Air Force F-18 receivers and to another A400M prototype as a representative heavy aircraft receiver.

The campaign included the development and certification of the CHT with the latest Fuel Quantity Management System software, to be certified during 2019, enhancement of the night refuelling vision system and preliminary testing of helicopter air-to-air refuelling capabilities.

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