29 Sep '14, 2pm

UK #Voyagers to get further refuelling clearances @AirTanker @RoyalAirForceUK @RAFBrizeNorton

UK #Voyagers to get further refuelling clearances @AirTanker @RoyalAirForceUK @RAFBrizeNorton

The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) is to increase the aerial refuelling clearances of its Airbus Defence and Space (DS) Voyager KC2/3 tanker-transport aircraft to include two new large aircraft types, a senior service official disclosed on 26 September. Speaking at the home of the Voyager fleet at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, Wing Commander Jamie Osborne, Officer Commanding 10 Squadron, said the force expects to be granted air-to-air refuelling (AAR) clearance for the Boeing E-3D Sentry Airborne Warning And Control System (AWACS) aircraft, to be followed by the Airbus DS A400M Atlas airlifter. "We can do [Panavia] Tornado GR.4, [Eurofighter] Typhoon, and [Lockheed Martin] C-130J refuelling already," he said, adding: "We expect to get clearance for the E-3D at the end of this year, with the A400M tripping along very quickly after that." With these five types cleared, the Voya...

Full article: http://www.janes.com/article/43781/uk-voyagers-to-gain-fu...

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