The Probe and Drogue
air-to-air refuelling methodology practiced by IAF pilots requires exceptional flying skills as the receiving aircraft has to accurately insert the receptacle probe into the basket shaped drogue trailing behind the fuel tanker aircraft.
Probe and drogue
refuelling hardware was mounted on the two robots to replicate the large range of relative motion in the final approach to refuelling.
Researchers chose to demonstrate the probe and drogue
refueling method -- used by the U.
Revising the Air Force's conventional JSF aircraft refueling method from a boom to a probe and drogue
would require modifying most of its current KC-135 tanker aircraft at an estimated cost of $2.
Equipped with the probe and drogue
system, the AV-8B is able to take advantage of Marine KC-130, Navy S-3 and Air Force KC-10 tankers or other compatible allied tankers within the area of operations.
Sargent Fletcher was established in 1940 and has manufactured more probe and drogue
aerial refueling systems, special purpose pods, and external fuel tanks than any other company in the world.
This approach opens valuable trade space for future developers to choose between various fixed and modular implementations of proven probe and drogue
We've incorporated robust digital flight control law algorithms and advanced mechanical technologies to allow precise management of hose tension, enhancing hose stability and significantly reducing the possibility of hose whip - the leading cause of refueling incidents for probe and drogue
Our investment in this technology takes a fresh new approach to probe and drogue
refuelling techniques and will permit autonomous refuelling for UAVs and UCAVs.
Smiths is in the process of securing patents for this new technology that takes a fresh new approach to the probe and drogue
refuelling technique and will have applicability to both retrofit and forward fit tankers.