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C295W in aerial refuel testing

6th October 2016 - 11:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


The C295W medium transport aircraft has demonstrated its ability to operate as an airborne tanker during a test flight carried out in late September, Airbus Defence and Space announced on 5 October. The demonstration was carried out as part of work to expand the C295's operational capabilities.

The C295W was equipped with a palletised air-to-air refuelling unit and associated computer control system; it conducted multiple contacts with a standard Spanish Air Force C295

According to the company, the trial went as planned, with smooth operations at various speeds as low as 110kt. 

Airbus is developing the system to refuel turboprop aircraft and helicopters, in order to extend the range of search and rescue and special operations aircraft. Unmanned aerial vehicle refuelling is also a possibility in future. 

Helicopter receiver trials are planned to take place before the end of 2016.

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