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Airbus Performs Automated Aerial Refuelling


Airbus Performs Automated Aerial Refuelling - top government contractors - best government contracting event

Airbus has demonstrated automatic air-to-air refuelling in a flight test that took place above the Atlantic Ocean earlier this year.

The company said Friday it used its own tanker aircraft to refuel an F-16 unit via the A3R system that enables the refuelling process.

A3R is designed to reduce the need for human operator presence during aircraft refuelling. The system automatically releases a boom and controls alignment with the receiver aircraft.

The test marks a new milestone in the development of Airbus' tanker aircraft, known as the Multi-Role Tanker Transport, or MRTT. Portugal provided the F-16 aircraft used in the test.

Airbus aims to have MRTT and A3R ready for certification activities by 2021.

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Written by Nichols Martin

a staff writer at Executive Mosaic, produces articles on the federal government's technology and business interests. The coverage of these articles include government contracting, cybersecurity, information technology, health care and national security.

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