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C295 in AAR test flight

29th January 2020 - 13:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


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Airbus’ C295 tactical airlifter has carried out its first wet contacts during an air-to-air (AAR) flight test campaign, the company announced on 29 January.

The programme completed first dry contacts in December 2019 using a closed ramp configuration, 100ft hose and remote vision system. The wet contacts were conducted out of Seville, Spain, between one Airbus C295 aircraft in tanker configuration and a Spanish Air Force C295 acting as receiver at flight speeds between 100-130 knots.

In total, the aircraft fitted with the removable AAR kit performed five wet contacts transferring a total 1.5 tons of fuel. Tests were conducted in daylight conditions.  

The flight test campaign also included night flight operations and the successful proximity test in pre-contact position with a Spanish Air Force F-18 fighter at a flight speed of 210 knots.


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