The Phnix fleet will be equipped with a combination of the Airbus Aerial Refuelling
Boom System (ARBS) and underwing hose-and-drogue refuelling pods, and can carry 272 passengers or be configured for medical evacuation.
Airbus Defence And Space has showcased an aerial refuelling
(AAR) kit for its C-295 light tactical transport aircraft at this year's Farnborough Air Show, the company said.
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.
The epic competition between Airbus' parent company EADS and Boeing for a US$50 billion contract to supply the US Air Force with aerial refuelling
tanker planes continues.
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.
The use of aerial refuelling
gives the B-52 a range limited only by crew endurance.
US servicemen have become increasingly reliant on aerial refuelling
by RAF tanker aircraft.