planes help to extend the flight range of fighters.
Tokyo is also accelerating development of missile defenses, building its commando forces, and working on creating an in-flight refueling
capability for its fleet of F-15 aircraft, which would give them the ability to strike North Korea.
Hitchcock Industries converted this in-flight refueling
trough used on military aircraft from a fabrication to a casting.
By increasing range, payloads and flexibility, in-flight refueling
enables American and allied forces to rapidly deploy people and equipment to hotspots around the globe.
The report said that because the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force has finally achieved funding for in-flight refueling
capability, the move has provoked ''some concern in the region that Japan may be departing from its constitutional commitment to maintaining self-defense forces only.''
(Seattle, Wash.), saying that CATIC would turn over in-flight refueling
technology to the People's Liberation Army and would use Mamco as a front to acquire sensitive know-how from other companies.
Examples include the development of the DC-3 (in response to more passenger capacity relative to mail), later adapted for military use, or the Boeing KC-135, built for in-flight refueling
of bombers only to give rise to the successful model 707.
has trained Saudi soldiers and sold the kingdom arms for decades, direct support to the Saudi coalition began in 2015, during the Obama administration, with intelligence sharing, logistical support and in-flight refueling
. The Pentagon ordered an end to in-flight refueling
"We support the decision by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, after consultations with the US Government, to use the Coalition's own military capabilities to conduct in-flight refueling
in support of its operations in Yemen," the statement, published on the department's website, read, RIA Novosti reported.
In 1979, the Defense Department started the Cargo-Experimental program, as the Air Force was looking for a large air mobility platform with in-flight refueling
capabilities for global reach missions.
VAQ-132 was then tasked with the dual missions of electronic countermeasures and in-flight refueling
. In 1971, the squadron was the first to transition to the EA-6B Prowler.
The Air Force Air Mobility Command has pursued integrating the separate systems in use today for training pilots, air crews and boom operators to simulate an actual in-flight refueling
mission as a way to maintain readiness and reduce costly live flights.