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  • Turkish Air Force Refuelled USAF B-1s Over Black Sea
    Turkish Air Force Refuelled USAF B-1s Over Black Sea 29 May 2020
    The waters in the Black Sea have been experiencing their hottest days since the end of the Cold War. Sea and air movement of NATO affiliates is very high in the region. Two B-1B Lancer affiliated to the U.S. Air Force's 28th Bomber Wing performed a long-range Bomber Task Force mission. The platforms departing from Ellsworth Air Force Base stationed in South Dakota headed over the Baltic Sea to the Black Sea after they crossed the Atlantic Ocean. During the round trip; bombe...
  • Steel Cut for New Replenishment Tanker
    Steel Cut for New Replenishment Tanker 24 May 2020
    Replenishment ships are a strategic element that extends the range and mission endurance of naval platforms without returning to the port. The French Navy cut the first steel under the Bâtiments Ravitailleurs de Force (BRF) Project for ships to replace the Durance-class platforms that have reached the end of their economic life. With the ceremony attended by French Defence Minister Florence Parly, the process of building new ships began. In the process to be car...
  • Joint Tanker Fleet to NATO Countries
    Joint Tanker Fleet to NATO Countries 24 May 2020
    The first of the platforms to be provided under the NATO Multinational Multi-Role Tanker and Transport Fleet (MFF) programme will be delivered next month. The NATO Support and Procurement Agency manages the program. NATO member states Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Luxembourg, Norway and the Netherlands were ordered to supply eight Airbus A330 MRTTSs as part of the program. The first platform will be deployed in June at the main operations base in Eindhoven, Netherlands. Besi...
  • New Era for Refuelling Aircraft
    New Era for Refuelling Aircraft 21 April 2020
    Aerial refuelling is undoubtedly a strategically important element that directly affects the flight profile of the aircraft and the payload they carry, hence the structure of the operation. Airbus Defence and Space has come to an end in his work that will bring a new dimension to aerial refuelling. On April 17, the company announced that the A330 MRTT (Multi-Role Tanker Transport / Multi-Purpose Tanker Transport) aircraft was performing fully autonomous refuelling with another platf...
  • Solving Agreement for Refueling Tanker
    Solving Agreement for Refueling Tanker 9 April 2020
    KC-46A Pegasus's full of problems career continues. The USA continues its efforts to solve the problems detected on the aircraft. Boeing and the USA signed a new agreement on April 2. Under the contract, the RVS (Remote Vision System) problems experienced in the KC-46A Pegasus will be solved. The system allows the operator to safely handle the boom system in refuelling missions. However, in some ambient conditions, depth of field problems caused by cameras prevented the saf...
  • KC-46 and P-8 Delivery on Hold Due to COVID-19
    KC-46 and P-8 Delivery on Hold Due to COVID-19 24 March 2020
    Pegasus and Poseidon production stops as Boeing Temporarily Shuts Down Facilities Production of the Air Force’s KC-46 refuelling tanker(Pegasus)  and the Navy’s P-8 maritime surveillance and anti-submarine warfare plane (Poseidon) will stop as Boeing shuts down all facilities due to coronavirus pandemic. “Boeing plans to begin reducing production activity today and projects the suspension of such operations to begin on Wednesday, March 25, at sites a...
  • Hisar-A to Become Operational
    Hisar-A to Become Operational 3 March 2020
    President of Defence Industry Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir visited Adana Incirlik 10th Tanker Base Command, where the UAVs operating in the Operation Spring Shield deployed. Demir, examined the MALE class armed Anka-S UAVs  which are capable of operating at a distance beyond the horizon by their satellite communication system (SATCOM) and high resistance against electronic warfare and and Bayraktar TB2 platforms of the and Baykar company with his delegation. ...
  • US Air Force hopes major KC-46 fix by March
    US Air Force hopes major KC-46 fix by March 21 February 2020
    The U.S. Air Force is hoping to get KC-46 tanker’s most critical technical problem to be fixed by the end of March. The Air Force and Boeing are going to sign off next month on a finalized design for the KC-46’s Remote Vision System(RVS) to steer the aircraft’s boom into a plane for aerial refuelling. RSV is composed of a series of cameras and sensors to detach boom from recipient aircraft. RVS is manufactured by Rockwell Collins. Under certain ...
  • Second Tanker Arrived To France
    Second Tanker Arrived To France 14 February 2020
    The second delivery of the tankers ordered to replace the existing aerial refueling aircraft that have reached the end of their economic life has been completed. Lockheed Martin completed the delivery of four C-130J Super Hercules ordered in 2016 by France. The company announced that the delivery process with two KC-130J Super Hercules.  The French Air Force (Armée de l'air / ALA), which accepted the first platforms in 2017 and 2018, received the KC-13...
  • Wet Contacts from C29
    Wet Contacts from C29 29 January 2020
    The Airbus C295 tactical airlifter has successfully achieved its first wet contacts during an air-to-air- refuelling (AAR) tanker flight test campaign. First dry contacts of this flight test took place in December 2019 and were achieved using a closed ramp configuration. The wet contacts, conducted out of Seville, Spain, took place in January 2020, between one Airbus C295 aircraft in tanker configuration and a Spanish Air Force C295 acting as receiver. In total, the aircraft fitted wit...
  • Russo-Japanese Drills at Arabian Sea
    Russo-Japanese Drills at Arabian Sea 22 January 2020
    Russia and Japan, which frequently coma face to face due to the Kuril Islands and coastal waters problems have come up with an astonishing attempt recently. The Russian Baltic Fleet ship RFNS Yaroslav Mudry and the Russian naval tanker Yelnya and the Viktor Konetsky tugboat, and the JS Harusame (DD 102) destroyer, carried out joint exercises in the Arabian Sea. Within the scope of the trainings, activities such as communication with the flashlight communication trainings&n...
  • Korean Ship to Hormuz
    Korean Ship to Hormuz 21 January 2020
    A new one has been added to the safety measures taken in the Strait of Hormuz which is established under the leadership of the USA. Korea was added to the countries that deployed ships independently from the U.S. task force, especially as a result of actions against UK tankers. The Republic of Korea has decided to deploy a unit to the Strait of Hormuz for anti-piracy operations. In this context, Cheonghae Anti-Piracy Unit will be shifted to the region. The unit, which...
  • Russia’s New Sea Tanker to Enter Service
    Russia’s New Sea Tanker to Enter Service 17 January 2020
    Russia’s new sea tanker Academician Pashin will join the Northern Fleet’s logistics and rear support forces in late January, the Northern Fleet’s press office reported on Thursday. "On January 21, a solemn ceremony of hoisting the flag of the Navy’s auxiliary fleet will take place aboard the new sea tanker Academician Pashin at the Northern Fleet’s main base of Severomorsk. This day will become the date of officially accepting the vessel for servic...
  • US Air Force Considers Adding Communications Node to Tankers
    US Air Force Considers Adding Communications Node to Tankers 7 January 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...
  • TAIS Has Five Solutions to Present at Kuwait
    TAIS Has Five Solutions to Present at Kuwait 10 December 2019
    TAIS, established by the owners of four leading shipyards of Turkey, attends to Kuwait defence and aviation exhibition GDA. The company is established to offer expert and innovative solutions in naval shipbuilding for demanding customers all over the world. The group has completed a series of projects for the Turkish Ministry of Defence for Turkish Navy which has achieved a contemporary, powerful and modern force structure. Besides shipbuilding TAIS offers a total solution...
  • Stratotanker Fleet Retires
    Stratotanker Fleet Retires 12 November 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...
  • British F-35B lands on HMS Queen Elizabeth for the First Time
    British F-35B lands on HMS Queen Elizabeth for the First Time 20 October 2019
    British F-35B Lightning II jets of Number 617 Squadron a joint squadron composed of personnel from both the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy have landed on the HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier for the very first time. The United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence announced that British F-35B Lightnings landed for the first time on the new HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier, which is currently sailing off the US East Coast for the "Westlant 19" Carrier Strike Group deplo...
  • Italy Deploys F-35 on First NATO Mission
    Italy Deploys F-35 on First NATO Mission 27 September 2019
      NATO Allied Air Command stated that one of six Italian Air Force F-35s will perform the type’s first NATO air surveillance and air policing mission. F-35s are deployed to Iceland on 26 September. The Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militare Italiana: AMI) has deployed six Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) combat aircraft to Keflavik Airbase to conduct NATO air policing and training duties over Iceland. AMI Boeing KC-767 tan...
  • A400M Performs First Helicopter air-to-air Dry Contacts
    A400M Performs First Helicopter air-to-air Dry Contacts 24 September 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...
  • France Received Hercules
    France Received Hercules 20 September 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...
  • KC-135s are Retiring
    KC-135s are Retiring 11 September 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...
  • Navantia launches Australia’s second replenishment vessel
    Navantia launches Australia’s second replenishment vessel 3 September 2019
    Spanish shipbuilder Navantia has launched the second auxiliary oiler replenishment (AOR) vessel on order for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said the launch of the second Supply class Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment (AOR) vessel marked an important milestone in Australia’s $90 billion investment in the largest regeneration of Navy since WW2. “The delivery into service of the Supply class replenishment vessels from next year will provide...
  • H-6K with  Hypersonic Weapon
    H-6K with Hypersonic Weapon 19 August 2019
    China has begun to develop hypersonic weapons in recent years and now plans to equip the bomber H-6K aircraft with hypersonic weapons. The main mission objective of China's H-6K bomber is to strike key strategic points deep within enemy territories, the state broadcaster revealed, leading experts to predict that the warplane could eventually be armed with hypersonic weapons that can destroy hostile military hubs 3,000 kilometres away within minutes. "In a war, our main objective is t...
  • Tideforce to Help to NATO and Allies
    Tideforce to Help to NATO and Allies 1 August 2019
    The fourth of the Tide-class fast fleet tanker entered service in Portland for the Royal Navy. The approximately 37,000 tons ship will provide fuel, food, freshwater, ammunition and other supplies to Royal Navy vessels around the world. Each of the Tidespring, Tiderace, Tidesurge ve Tideforce vessels can deliver more than 1,500 cubic metres of fuel every hour. The vessels can also undertake a wide range of independent operations, such as patrols policing shipping lanes and humanitarian relief...
  • A400M Acts as Tanker
    A400M Acts as Tanker 9 July 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...
  • TAIS to Build Ships for Indian Navy
    TAIS to Build Ships for Indian Navy 31 May 2019
    TAIS, founded by the owners of the five shipyards of Turkey to offer expert and innovative solutions in naval shipbuilding, has received a $2.3-billion tender to build five ships for the Indian Navy. According to information released to the press, TAIS has won a cooperation tender that involves the production of five fleet support tankers of 45,000 tons. As part of its tasks in the project, TAIS will be responsible for the modernization of the shipyard, the design of the s...
  • RoKAF Receives Its Second KC-330 Cygnus
    RoKAF Receives Its Second KC-330 Cygnus 1 April 2019
    Republic of Korea’s Ministry of National Defence (MND) announced on 28 March that the Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) had received the second of four A330-200 MRTTs, which are known as KC-330 Cygnus in RoKAF service. This is the second of four Airbus Defence and Space (DS) A330-200 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft ordered in 2015, the in Seoul announced on 28 March. The aircraft will undergo further checks and is expected to be operational by April or ...
  • US Temporarily Suspends KC-46 Tanker Deliveries
    US Temporarily Suspends KC-46 Tanker Deliveries 4 March 2019
    Boeing’s troubled KC-46 tanker deliveries to the U.S. Air Force have been suspended as the service investigates a series of problems with foreign object debris, its top acquisition official confirmed Friday. Will Roper, the service’s assistant secretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, told reporters that it will likely be “some time” before the service begins accepting new tankers from Boeing. “I was able to get some data from our team on the...
  • Happy End in KC-46 Pegasus
    Happy End in KC-46 Pegasus 25 January 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 ...
  • Phénix's France – Djibouti Flight
    Phénix's France – Djibouti Flight 20 January 2019
    French Armed Forces Ministry announced Phénix’s long range mission from France to Djibouti. From January 8 to 18, 2019, as part of its operational evaluation of its new Airbus A330 Phénix tanker aircraft, the French Air Force deployed a very long-range fighter patrol first to Djibouti, and then onwards to Reunion Island, in the Western Indian Ocean. Three Rafale B two-seat fighters belonging to the 2/4 "Lafayette" squadron, accompanied by two C-135F tan...
  • US Air Force Accepts First KC-46A Tanker Aircraft
    US Air Force Accepts First KC-46A Tanker Aircraft 12 January 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 21 December 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 14 December 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 ...
  • Japan to Acquire Second KC-46A Tanker
    Japan to Acquire Second KC-46A Tanker 10 December 2018
    apan has signed for the second of four Boeing KC-46A Pegasus tanker aircraft it plans to field from 2020. A Foreign Military Sale (FMS) contract for a single aircraft for Japan was announced by the US Department of Defence (DoD) on 6 December, following the award of the first aircraft in December 2017. While that first award included support and was valued at USD279 million, this latest contract is for the aircraft only and is valued at USD159 million. The first KC-46A is ...
  • Lockheed Martin and Airbus Sign MoU on Aerial Refueling
    Lockheed Martin and Airbus Sign MoU on Aerial Refueling 6 December 2018
    Lockheed Martin and Airbus have signed an agreement to jointly market Airbus A330 MRTT tanker for U.S. defence customers.  The companies will seek to provide aerial-refueling services to address any identified capacity shortfall and to meet requirements for the next generation of tankers capable of operating in the challenging environments of future battlespace.  "Reliable and modernized aerial refueling is an essential capability for our customers to mainta...
  • Norway and Spain Blame Each Other
    Norway and Spain Blame Each Other 5 December 2018
    Norway blames [Spanish shipbuilder] Navantia for the sinking of the frigate KNM Helge Ingstad (F-313) after collusion with an oil tanker on November 8. The Accident Investigation Board Norway (AIBN) claims to have detected a "critical" failure in the design of the ship.  Navantia, however, says that it has not received official communication of the report nor has it been able to participate in the investigation. Spanish military experts question the Norwegian version,...
  • China Develops New Refuelling Aircraft 29 November 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...
  • US Intern Might be at The Gate of Collided Norwegian Frigate
    US Intern Might be at The Gate of Collided Norwegian Frigate 25 November 2018
    KNM Helge Ingstad" was at navigation training when the accident occurred outside Øygarden according to Norwegian national broadcaster NRK. A US officer had a central role on the bridge ahead of the collision. The US officer was receiving training from his Norwegian colleagues when the frigate KMN Helge Ingstad collided in the early hours of November 8 with the fully loaded oil tanker Sola ST off Norway's west coast. The frigate was under NATO command at the time, ret...
  • Italian M-346 Flies Non-Stop to Qatar
    Italian M-346 Flies Non-Stop to Qatar 23 November 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...
  • KC-390 Tests on Progress
    KC-390 Tests on Progress 22 November 2018
    Embraer made a new statement about the tests of the KC-390 transport aircraft. Aircraft is completed a new test phase. In the trials carried out at the Air Base stationed in Brasilia, unloading and emergency evacuation scenarios were tested through the evacuation hatches of the aircraft and the front and rear doors. According to the company, the tests were conducted to provide final operational capability for the Brazilian Air Force. In a statement made by company it is reported tha...