The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) will become the first Air Force in the world to have a boom automatic refuelling capability with all of its receivers.
In 2020, an Airbus MRTT test aircraft carried out the world’s first ever fully automatic refuelling contacts during a flight test campaign over the Atlantic Ocean, that involved an Airbus 310 MRTT test aircraft equipped with the Airbus A3R solution (that equips the A330 MRTT) and a Portuguese Air Force F-16 jet acting as a receiver. In July 2022, the A330 MRTT became the world’s first tanker certified for automatic air-to-air refuelling operations in daylight conditions with F-16s and A330 MRTTs as receivers.
Today Airbus announced the successful completion of a testing campaign with the Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) and F-15 fighter of the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF), ahead of its certification in the first half of 2024.
“The A330 MRTT has made the future of air-to-air refuelling a reality as a result of the joint efforts of Airbus and the Republic of Air Force,” said Jean-Brice Dumont, Head of Military Air Systems at Airbus Defence and Space in a public release. “This…
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