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
This award consolidates our position on the aircraft, building on the earlier selection of our wing aerial refuelling
pods, nose radome and aerial refuelling
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.