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  • US Air Force Considers Adding Communications Node to Tankers
    US Air Force Considers Adding Communications Node to Tankers January 7 2020
    The Air Force’s tanker fleet has logged hours transferring fuel, transporting troops and serving as flying ambulances. If the new concept of the US Air Force’s becomes real, they will help during combat.  US Air Force, Air Mobility Command leaders are exploring whether aerial refuelling aircraft could become a communications node in the Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS).  ABMS is considered as the foundational technology to connect its air, space and...
  • Pentagon Wants to Retire Truman Despite Trump Administration
    Pentagon Wants to Retire Truman Despite Trump Administration January 3 2020
    During recent budget negotiations, the Pentagon again tried to retire the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) 25 years early, Defence News reported. According to the magazine, this time the plan was withdrawn from the White House. The White House's Office of Management and Budget told the Pentagon that the Navy's budget submission did not include refuelling the Truman or maintaining its air wing and directed it to come back with a budget that restored funding to bo...
  • Meteor Missile to KF-X
    Meteor Missile to KF-X November 26 2019
      MBDA has been awarded a contract from Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) for the integration of the Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile onto the KF-X future Korean fighter aircraft the contract includes integration support to KAI, transfer of know-how and manufacture of test equipment for the KF-X integration and trials campaign. Following a joint development agreement signed in 2015, some 168 units of KF-X aircraft are to be produced, with Republic of Korea...
  • Stratotanker Fleet Retires
    Stratotanker Fleet Retires November 12 2019
    The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) confirmed that they have retired its fleet of four Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker aerial refuelling and cargo aircraft last June 2019. The last flight was conducted on 26 June 2019.  RSAF purchased six of the A330 MRT tankers and transport aircraft, which were able to refuel with both the boom and hose-drouge method. In June 2019, three aircraft were delivered to the RSAF.   Singapore supplied the KC-135A Stratotanker platforms u...
  • Design Process Completed
    Design Process Completed September 26 2019
    The design process of the combat aircraft developed jointly by the Republic of Korea and Indonesia has been completed. The cost of the development project, fixed at $7.3 billion was initiated in January 2016. Prototype to be built by 2021. The 4.5 generation, semi-stealth aircraft will have advanced avionics and aerial refuelling capability. In all, about 168 jets will be made. According to the Republic of Korea’s Defence Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), the project progressed...
  • A400M Performs First Helicopter air-to-air Dry Contacts
    A400M Performs First Helicopter air-to-air Dry Contacts September 24 2019
    The Airbus A400M new generation airlifter has successfully achieved its first helicopter air-to-air refuelling contacts with an H225M. Over the course of four flights, operated in day conditions over the south of France, the A400M performed 51 dry contacts marking a decisive milestone towards its full capability as a tanker. These tests were performed under the coordination of the French “DGA Essais en vol” flight test centre. The tests, involving no fuel and performed b...
  • Boeing MQ-25 Unmanned Aerial Refueller Completes First Test Flight September 21 2019
    Boeing and the U.S. Navy on Sept. 19 successfully completed the first test flight of the MQ-25 unmanned aerial refueller, according to a company release. The MQ-25 test asset, known as T1, completed the autonomous two-hour flight under the direction of Boeing test pilots operating from a ground control station. The aircraft completed an autonomous taxi and take-off and then flew a pre-determined route to validate the aircraft’s basic flight functions and operations w...
  • France Received Hercules
    France Received Hercules September 20 2019
    Under the contract signed between France and the US government through Foreign Military Sales, France purchased two C-130J-30 Super Hercules transport aircraft and two KC-130J tanker aircraft. The French Air Force has received the first of two US-made KC-130J Hercules tanker aircraft. The two C-130J-30 airlifters were delivered in 2017 and 2018, and a second KC-130J will deliver in 2020. “In choosing to operate both the C-130J-30 and the KC-130J, France has built a diverse air...
  • E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Delivered to the Squadron
    E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Delivered to the Squadron September 12 2019
    The U.S. Navy Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 120 (VAW-120), also known as “Greyhawks”, receive the first improved version of E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning surveillance aircraft with aerial refuelling capability. The upgrades installed to support aerial refuelling include electrical and lighting upgrades and long endurance seats that will enhance the field of view in the cockpit and reduce fatigue over longer missions. The aerial refuelling capabil...
  • KC-135s are Retiring
    KC-135s are Retiring September 11 2019
    U.S. Air National Guard unit has received Boeing KC-46 Pegasus air-refuelling tanker. The KC-46 is a military aerial refuelling and transport aircraft designed to replace the current KC-135 Stratotanker. The aircraft is capable of carrying approximately 73,000 kg of fuel and 35,000 kg of cargo.  Boeing 767-200LRF commercial aircraft-based KC-46, made its first flight in 2015. The first two KC-46s were delivered to the 157th Air Refuelling Wing at Pease Air National Guard B...
  • Embraer Delivered first KC-390 to the Brazilian Air Force
    Embraer Delivered first KC-390 to the Brazilian Air Force September 5 2019
    Embraer delivered the first multi-mission airlift KC-390 to the Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira /FAB) at a ceremony held at Anápolis Air Base.  The KC-390 was developed as a joint project between the Brazilian Air Force and Embraer. In 2014, FAB signed a firm order for 28 units of the KC-390 aircraft and initial logistical support. The aircraft are produced at the Gavião Peixoto factory, in São Paulo state. In order to maximize the...
  • Decision to Continue Production
    Decision to Continue Production September 5 2019
    Russia has begun the design of the A-42 aircraft to replace the Beriev Be-12 Chayka (NATO Code: Mail) maritime patrol aircraft. Its design was suspended in 1993. Now the aircraft will be modernized and accepted into service. Defence Ministry sources told the decision in principle to resume A-42 production had been made. The ministry is drafting tactical and technical requirements to the upgraded project. The main one is to create a universal antisubmarine and rescue aircraft. So far...
  • Five KC-390 will be Procured
    Five KC-390 will be Procured August 23 2019
    Portugal, the largest international partner of the KC-390 program has signed contracts for five Embraer KC-390 aircraft. The Portuguese Government and Embraer signed on August 22, at a ceremony held at Embraer's facility in Évora, a contract for the acquisition of five multi-mission airlifters Embraer KC-390.  Additionally, services and support and a flight simulator are included in the contract as part of the process to modernize Portuguese Air Force capabilities to support n...
  • China Shifts Aircraft Carrier Policy August 23 2019
    China’s second aircraft carrier can carry at least 36 J-15 fighter jets, some 50 percent more than the country’s first, state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) reported on Tuesday. The new capacity signals new mission for aircraft carrier as it indicates air superiority missions. According to CCTV, China’s first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, can carry 24 J-15 fighter jets. The new Type 001A was an upgraded version of the Liaoning, a former Soviet Kuznet...
  • Aircraft Carrier’s Life Will Prolong
    Aircraft Carrier’s Life Will Prolong August 3 2019
    Huntington Ingalls Industries,  the U.S. Navy’s largest shipbuilder, has announced that its Newport News Shipbuilding division has received a $290 million contract modification from the U.S. Navy to continue planning for the Refuelling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH) of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). The initial year of planning was funded at a base value of $187.5 million. The contract, from U.S. Navy, funds the second and third years of planning, long-lead-ti...
  • Sector News Issue 75 July 11 2019
    New Support for A400M RAM for USA and Japan UK Gets a German Partner Refuelling from KC-46 to F-35 Lantset: Cost Active Solution LCS Meets the Water New Solution for Air Operations Armour Becomes Lighter Kement, Ready for Mission ACMI found its Place. Gökbey on its Way to Certification Technologic Support for Atak ...
  • A400M Acts as Tanker
    A400M Acts as Tanker July 9 2019
      The German Air Force Luftwaffe cleared the A400M for air-to-air refuelling, and has also deployed an A400M to Jordan on its first operational air tanker mission. The A400M is now being tested abroad as a tanker aircraft as part of Operation Counter ISIS, it refuels German and Allied aircraft in the air. Since August 2018, the certification of the A400M as refuelling aircraft in the AAR (Air-to-Air-Refuelling) version has been in progress. Air transport squ...
  • KC-46A Tests Continue Successfully
    KC-46A Tests Continue Successfully June 21 2019
      The U.S. Air Force’s new air refuelling aircraft, the KC-46A Pegasus, is undergoing a variety of tests out of Edwards Air Force Base, California. Starting on April 29th, the KC-46 conducted the first refuelling test with a Travis AFB C-5M Super Galaxy. The testing is a part of a larger test program to certify aerial refuelling operations between the KC-46 and 22 different receiver aircraft. C-5M crew tested with the KC-46 was the ability to connect w...
  • Akaer Presents Conceptual Mosquito Multi-Role Aircraft
    Akaer Presents Conceptual Mosquito Multi-Role Aircraft April 5 2019
    Brazil’s Akaer company is showing a conceptual multi-role aircraft called Mosquito at the 2019 LAAD Defence and Security exposition. Mosquito is designed to perform missions ranging from airborne C2 to armed ISR and aerial refuelling. Company believes that twin-engine aircraft may provide better visibility than competitors Super Tucano and Wolverine. Aircraft may conceptually perform missions such as close air support (CAS); intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR)...
  • Republic of Korea Receives First F-35A Stealth Fighters
    Republic of Korea Receives First F-35A Stealth Fighters March 30 2019
    The Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) received first two F-35A ( Conventional Take Off and Landing /CTOL) fighter jets at a key base in country to join the ranks of Asia's few radar-evading warplane operators, Seoul's arms procurement agency Defence Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said. Two F-35s arrived at an air base in Cheong Ju, 140 kilometres south of Seoul, after several stopovers for refuelling following their departure from Luke Air Force Base i...
  • PAF Carried Out Road Runway Exercise
    PAF Carried Out Road Runway Exercise March 19 2019
    Pakistan Air Force (PAF) carried out road runway exercise with a Mirage aircraft. Aircraft landed on one of the country’s motorways during road runway operations on Monday. The aircraft landed and took off from multiple locations. After landing, the fighter aircraft also took part in a refuelling and re-arming exercise. The exercise was conducted to demonstrate PAF’s capability of being able to sustain high-tempo air operations. The successful landing and take-off had been describ...
  • Pentagon Plans to Retire USS Harry S. Truman
    Pentagon Plans to Retire USS Harry S. Truman February 28 2019
    U.S. Navy intends to retire its nuclear-powered Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman in the next decade. The ship was supposed to undergo a Refuelling & Complex Overhaul (RCOH) in 2024. The service plans to skip that in order to save money. The move could save more than $30 billion over 25 years to invest in high-tech weapons. The on-board nuclear reactor will then be allowed to run down. This will keep the aircraft carrier in service between mid to late 2020s. ...
  • Lockheed Martin Offers F-16V as "F-21" to India
    Lockheed Martin Offers F-16V as "F-21" to India February 23 2019
    Lockheed-Martin offers F-21 to India, but it is former F-16V Viper with F-22 like name. The F-21 is fitted with a Ground Collision Avoidance System (GCAS), a retractable flight refuelling boom, a "Sniper" targeting pod, and an Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) AN/APG-83 radar provided by Northrop-Grumman, derived from the two radars that already equip the F-22 and the F-35.  
  • 30 Rafale Aboard the Charles De Gaulle
    30 Rafale Aboard the Charles De Gaulle February 14 2019
      The aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle is deployed in the Mediterranean with its carrier group for the exercise Fanal 2019. 30 Rafale M fighter jets , two Hawkeye E- 2C command and control aircraft , one Dauphin helicopter and one NH90 helicopter. It is the major air group deployed on the deck of the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle and can be identified on a photo published by the Navy. The air group more generally includes about 20 Rafale be the equiva...
  • New Boom to KC-46
    New Boom to KC-46 February 1 2019
      KC-46, which first delivery held last days, still has problems. US Air Force is going to re-design the aircraft's boom system over the problems encountered when refuelling light aircraft. In the tests carried out, the problem of separation was detected in the refuelling boom used in KC-46 Pegasus platforms. A number of problems were found in the use of refuelling booms using on platforms such as the A-10 Thunderbolt II, F-16 Fighting Falcon, F-15 Eagle, which ar...
  • First MRTT in Arrived
    First MRTT in Arrived January 31 2019
    The A330 MRTT family is growing. The 12th MRTT user accepted its first platform. The Republic of Korea announced that it had accepted the first A330 MRTT platform. Thus, the Republic of Korea became the seventh operational user of the platform. The A330 MRTT aircraft, which ordered from a total of 12 countries, were developed via Airbus's A330 commercial aircraft. Aircraft powered with two Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines and have been delivered to this date with a total of 35 unit...
  • Happy End in KC-46 Pegasus
    Happy End in KC-46 Pegasus January 25 2019
      The KC-46 Pegasus replenishment tanker, which struggled with difficulties in the manufacturing and testing process, reached a happy ending. Boeing delivered the first KC-46 to the US Air Force (USAF). The KC-46 Pegasus, developed from the Boeing 767 commercial airliner, was officially handed over to the USAF at a ceremony held at Boeing's Everett Plant. Due to problems, the delivery will be delayed. Platform will be transferred to McConnell Air Force, stationed ...
  • US Air Force Accepts First KC-46A Tanker Aircraft
    US Air Force Accepts First KC-46A Tanker Aircraft January 12 2019
    The US Air Force (USAF) accepted the first Boeing KC-46A Pegasus aerial refuelling on 10 January which is more than two years late, and despite major technical deficiencies.  USAF said it will withhold payment of $28 million per aircraft until the faults are fixed. The service is scheduled to take physical delivery of the first KC-46A at McConnell Air Force Base (AFB), Kansas, as early as late January, according to USAF.  USAF spokesperson Captain Hope Cronin sai...
  • Unmanned Tanker to Refuel Fighter Jets In Flight
    Unmanned Tanker to Refuel Fighter Jets In Flight December 21 2018
    Boeing has secured a $90.4 million contract to deliver the MQ-25A Stingray to the US Navy. Boeing Defence, Space & Security recently won a contract to design, develop, fabricate, test, deliver, and support four MQ-25A Stingray unmanned air vehicles (UAVs), integrating them into the aircraft carrier air wing.  “Once operational, the MQ-25A Stingray will be the world’s first carrier-based, unmanned aircraft, providing a robust organic refuelling capabili...
  • France Orders Three More Airbus A330 MRTT Tankers
    France Orders Three More Airbus A330 MRTT Tankers December 14 2018
    Airbus Defence and Space has received an order from the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) for a further three A330 MRTT Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircraft. The aircraft, known as Phénix in French service, constitute the third and final tranche of the multi-year contract for 12 A330 MRTTs signed by the French Ministry of Defence in 2014. The first of the fleet was formally handed over in October and the remainder will be delivered by the end of 2023 under an ...
  • China Develops New Refuelling Aircraft November 29 2018
    China has announced the development of the refuelling variant of Y-20 transport aircraft. It was announced that the new aircraft could carry more fuel than the HU-6 platforms in its inventory. When the twin-engine HU-6 aircrafts on their inventory did not meet the requirements, the People's Liberation Army Air Force requested a new refuelling aircraft. Due to its low fuel capacity, it has not enough performance for China's long-range operations to support the refuelling mode...
  • Italian M-346 Flies Non-Stop to Qatar
    Italian M-346 Flies Non-Stop to Qatar November 23 2018
    An Italian Air Force Aermacchi M-346 jet trainer has flown non-stop to the Persian Gulf in order to promote aircraft to three gulf countries Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait. The aircraft, accompanied by two F-2000A Eurofighters and a Boeing KC-767A tanker, was on a 10-day promotional tour of the Gulf. The non-stop transit flights were part of aircraft promotion as M-346 is only training aircraft that has refuelling capability in flight.   The T-346 (the Italian Ai...
  • J-20 is  Ready for Aerial Refuelling
    J-20 is  Ready for Aerial Refuelling November 16 2018
    China's most advanced stealth fighter jet, the J-20, is now ready for aerial refuelling operations. The J-20 is equipped with a fuel-receiving probe on the right side of the cockpit, China Central Television (CCTV) reported on Tuesday. Embedded under the fuselage, the probe only pops up when the fighter jet conducts an aerial refuelling mission. On Sunday the J-20 displayed its missiles for the first time at the Airshow China 2018 in Zhuhai. The missiles were kept at i...
  • RAF Trained Omani Pilots
    RAF Trained Omani Pilots November 15 2018
    The Royal Air Force organized air-to-air refuelling trainings with Omani Eurofighter Typhoon pilots. During the Saif Sareea 3 exercise held in Oman, trainings are organized in addition to combat scenarios. In this context, Omani Eurofighter 2000 pilots refuelled in the air by the A330 Voyager KC.3 aircraft belonging to the Royal Air Force (RAF). The training took place with the participation of 12 Eurofighter Typhoon. Approximately 34 tons of fuel was delivered during the training. ...
  • Embraer KC-390 Multi-Mission Airlift Made Maiden Flight October 12 2018
    Embraer completed a maiden flight of the first series production multi-mission medium airlift KC-390, the manufacturer announced on October 9, 2018. Brazilian Air Force, will now join the flight test campaign, in which more than 1,900 flight hours have already been logged, statement by Embraer reads. After that, the aircraft will have to obtain certification by Brazilian aviation authority ANAC (Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil). Embraer´s KC-390...
  • First Phénix to France
    First Phénix to France September 29 2018
      The French Air Force received the first A330-200 MRTT Phénix (Multi Role Tanker Transport) aircraft. The remaining eight aircraft will be delivered by 2023. Phénix is ordered for replace to aging KC-135R, C-135FR tankers and A340 and A310 transport aircraft in France inventory. A330-300MRTT has two Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines. The aircraft with a maximum take-off weight of 233,000 kilograms can also be used for transport duties. Phénix is capa...
  • France To Receive Airbus A330 MRTT Tankers Earlier
    France To Receive Airbus A330 MRTT Tankers Earlier September 22 2018
    France has decided to bring forward the delivery of its 12 Airbus A330 MRTT tankers, so all will be in service by 2023 and not 2025, as previously planned. It also said it will order three more. French Defence Minister Florence Parly decided to accelerate the delivery of MRTT Phénix tanker-transport aircraft: by 2023, the French Air Force will have 12.     At the conclusion of a meeting of the Ministerial Investment Committee, the Directorate General of Ar...
  • KC-46 New Deficiencies, Jeopardize Planned Delivery Date
    KC-46 New Deficiencies, Jeopardize Planned Delivery Date September 19 2018
    The U.S. Air Force has added two new technical issues to the KC-46 tanker’s list of problems, potentially throwing a wrench into the projected delivery of the first tanker in October. US based Defence Magazine Defence News stated that “both deficiencies are category-1 , the most serious designation of technical problems, and revolve around the tanker’s refuelling boom system. “ The Air Force is unsure whether the two problems will be solved in time ...
  • Tu-160s crossed the North Pole
    Tu-160s crossed the North Pole September 18 2018
    Russia announced the Russian Air Forces Tu-160 strategic bombers (NATO reporting name: Blackjack) flew at the North Pole. “White Swans” taking off from the Saratov region of Russia flew to Chukotka via the North Pole. The statement appeared on the Zvezda television of the Russian Ministry of Defence. It was understood that strategic planes flew a total of 9 thousand kilometres without problem. Aircraft is capable of flying 12,300 km without mid-air refuelling. 
  • Rolls-Royce to Power Boeing MQ-25 UAV
    Rolls-Royce to Power Boeing MQ-25 UAV September 11 2018
    Boeing has selected Rolls-Royce engines to power the U.S. Navy’s new MQ-25 Stingray unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), which will provide unmanned, carrier-based air-to-air refuelling, Rolls-Royce announced in a Sept. 6 release. The U.S. Navy has awarded the MQ-25A engineering and manufacturing contract to Boeing to provide four aircraft. Each MQ-25 aircraft will be powered by a single Rolls-Royce AE 3007N engine, manufactured in Indianapolis. The AE 3007N, the latest va...