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aerial refueling

A method of extending the range of military aircraft by refueling them from tanker aircraft in air. Air refueling can be done by tanker aircraft or by specially modified combat aircraft. In the latter case, it is known as buddy refueling. Also known as air-to-air refueling. See also buddy refueling.
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The KC-46A Pegasus notched another success this week when the systems at the heart of aerial refuelling were demonstrated on EMD-2 with the deployment of both drogue systems and the boom.
Seattle: Boeing, the world's largest planemaker, is in talks with several potential buyers for its KC-46A aerial refuelling tanker as it aims to make the aircraft available for export one year ahead of its 2018 target.
DARPA had kicked off its two-year Autonomous High-Altitude Refuelling (AHR) program with the expectation that just one out of six aerial refuelling attempts would prove successful.
Moshe Yaalon, a former armed forces chief, added: "Technology has improved range and aerial refuelling capabilities and has brought about a massive improvement in accuracy of ordnance and intelligence.
Wings for the aerial refuelling tankers would be made at Airbus' plant at Broughton.
Airbus, EADS EADS has insisted that its position on bidding for the US Air Force's KC-X aerial refuelling tanker contract remains "unchanged", despite President Nicolas Sarkozy indicating that the company "will bid" after his US counterpart promised a fair competition.
The deal is dependent on Northrop Grumman (supported by Airbus's parent company, EADS) being awarded the order to build aerial refuelling tankers from the United States Air Force.
US servicemen have become increasingly reliant on aerial refuelling by RAF tanker aircraft.
The world's most expensive aircraft, at pounds 812 million, can fly without aerial refuelling from the US to targets in Serbia and home again.
Smiths Aerospace has recently filed a patent in the UK for a new autonomous aerial refuelling technology.
This award consolidates our position on the aircraft, building on the earlier selection of our wing aerial refuelling pods, nose radome and aerial refuelling probe.
AIRBUS parent company EADS has been given more time to put together a solo bid for a pounds 25bn aerial refuelling tanker contract for the United States Air Force.