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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This includes the US and Britain: For taking part in the naval blockade; for assisting the coalition from joint operations centers in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain; for supplying banned weapons, intelligence and in-flight refuelling of fighter jets; and for widening the dire humanitarian crisis and infrastructure damage.
In-flight refuelling is provided via two 1200 kg/min Cobham Type 905E hose-and-drogue units under the wings and a 1800 kg/ min Type 805E unit under the rear fuselage, all with Sargent Fletcher Industries drogues.
An air-to-air refuelling test campaign using a Boeing F/A-18 Hornet had proven the capability of the A400M to act as an in-flight refuelling tanker till the end of August.
For example: aircraft actuation systems, mobile power generation systems, aircraft landing gear, in-flight refuelling equipment, aircraft motor drive systems, satellite sub-systems and motorway signage.
The FOC will equip Tejas with In-flight refuelling, Beyond Visual Range missiles, new Close Combat Missile, Gun GSH2, additional weapons and new drop tanks for supersonic flight," said Avinash Chander, Director General of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) during his speech at the IOC-2 event.
Airbus Military has identified the cause of an in-flight refuelling boom detachment that affected an A330 MTT multirole tanker transport early last month, and says the incident was the result of a unique set of test circumstances.
Vernet also said Airbus Military has received orders from Middle Eastern states for its A330 MRT in-flight refuelling and transport aircraft.
It is also designed for in-flight refuelling, search and rescue, and medical evacuation, the company said.
The aerospace and defence group has suffered a turbulent few days which have seen it take a massive charge for the bailout of its A400M military transport plane - parts for which are made at the Airbus Broughton plant in north east Wales - and abandon its bid to win a contract for in-flight refuelling tankers for the United States Air Force.
One alternative is in-flight refuelling, but that can be logistically difficult as well as dangerous, requiring to aircraft to meet in mid-air and transfer liquid fuel via a flexible hose.
With flight testing now focusing on further enhancements of Eurofighter Typhoon, recent major highlights were the conclusion of In-flight refuelling trials of the Italian Air Force and Alenia Aeronautica with KC-130J Hercules tankers and the beginning of similar trials of the German Air Force, the German Operational Test Centre Wehrtechnische Dienststelle 61 and EADS with Airbus A310 MRTT (Multi-Role Tanker Transport).
And the engineer, who worked on Nimrods between 1967 and 1977, also said the plane was not designed for in-flight refuelling, but this had become a daily part of its operations in Afghanistan and the Gulf.

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