aerial refueling

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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 US Air Force has awarded a $35bn contract to build the next generation of air refuelling tankers to Boeing, scuppering the hopes of European bidder Airbus.
Air Force participated in a joint aerial refuelling information exchange Wednesday at Pakistan Air Force Base Chaklala as part of an on-going effort to enhance cooperation and develop the air refuelling capabilities of both nations.
Air Force participated in a joint aerial refuelling information exchange yesterday at Pakistan Air Force Base Chaklala as part of an on-going effort to enhance cooperation and develop the air refuelling capabilities of both nations.
Defence chiefs yesterday hinted that their decision on the winning bid for the huge pounds 13 billion contract for air refuelling tankers might be delayed until January.
In the defence realm, EADS will use its excellent position in dual use technologies and platforms to offer a new generation of air refuelling tankers, long range transport, mission aircraft and stand-off strike capabilities.
Cobham's 908E air to air refuelling pods have successfully demonstrated the ability to transfer fuel from the Airbus A400M to a Spanish Air Force F/A-18 Hornet with a series of probe to drogue contacts during recent flight trials in Seville, Spain.
The USAF unveiled an image showing aircraft ZZ664 receiving fuel on 26 June from a Boeing KC-135 from its 100th Air Refuelling Wing, based at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk.
The contract -which would last for 27 years -is a crucial programme for the UK armed forces since it will ensure the RAF has an effective air refuelling and air transport capability.
It will replace the existing ageing fleet of VC10s and Tristar aircraft, which have helped to establish the RAF as a world leader in air refuelling, supporting overseas operations both for UK forces and their allies.
Airbus, European aircraft manufacturer stated that it has gained a tender to supply India with six A330 air refuelling tankers, a deal potentially worth over $1.
We are pleased to confirm that we were selected by the Indian government following its tender for air refuelling tankers," stated by spokesman for Airbus Military, the group's defense division, while declining to comment on the deal's value, which would have a catalogue price of $1.