C-27J carries out KC-767A refueling tests
Alenia Aermacchi has announced that flight-refueling tests carried out by the C-27J with the KC-767A tanker have shown positive results so far. The company announced the testing, being undertaken at the Italian Air Force Base in Pratica di Mare with the collaboration of the 14° Stormo of the Italian Air Force, Alenia Aermacchi, Rolls Royce and Dowty, 5 July 2012.
The company said that following a series of ground test that did not present any complications, the flight test conducted had the C-27J perform a series of contacts with the KC-767 at various altitudes between 10.000 and 20.000 ft. and speeds up to and near 220 kts, including night flight-refueling with the aid of Night Vision Goggles; in turning pattern, in turbulence and during an emergency decent. The tests are being carried out to achieve the certification of the flight-refueling system, which so far has been adopted on the 12 C-27Js in service in Italy and on one of the three units in service with the Lithuanian Air Force.
According to Alenia Aermacchi, the preliminary results ‘highlighted the exceptional flying quality of the C-27J, in both the day and night contacts’, and confirmed ‘the high capability of fuel transfer (up to 2800 liters\min) predicted in the planning phase, allowing for a complete replenishment of the tanks in only 5 minutes’. Also confirmed during these test was the ‘superior quality of the C-27J as an aircraft receiver also in conditions of slipstream turbulence generated by the tanker.’
An aircraft piloted by Alenia Aermacchi test pilots was used for these test, modified with the integration of a complex instrumentation dedicated to controlling the engine parameters, propellers, transfer of fuel and flight controls, in order to meet the requirements requested by the military certification.
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