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Message par alain57 le Jeu 09 Juil 2009, 16:14

EADS’ advanced aerial refueling boom demonstrates nightime operational capability

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11:12 GMT, July 9, 2009 Arlington, Virginia | The EADS advanced aerial refueling boom system (ARBS) – featured
on Northrop Grumman’s KC-45 offering for the U.S. Air Force – has demonstrated its superior nighttime operational capabilities during a multi-contact mission with an F-16 fighter aircraft.

This validation confirmed the performance of the boom’s state-of-the-art enhanced vision system – which features laser infrared lighting and high-definition digital stereoscopic viewing – and was carried out as part of the final
qualification phase for the EADS A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT), on which the Northrop Grumman KC-45 is based.
The night mission was completed with the boom system installed on EADS’ A310 testbed aircraft, and involved a Portuguese Air Force F-16AM as the receiver. After approach maneuvers for calibration of illumination, the boom made 17 contacts with the F-16 fighter.

“Nighttime missions are a vital part of aerial refueling operations for the U.S. Air Force, and the ARBS has once again shown its maturity with this latest validation of the enhanced vision system in realistic conditions,” said Ralph D. Crosby, Jr., EADS North America’s Chairman and CEO.

To date, the EADS boom system has performed more than 400 contacts with receiver aircraft that range from the F-16 to the E-3F AWACS and Australian KC-30A MRTT. Follow on activities will include additional boom and hose-and-drogue contacts with a variety of small and large receiver aircraft from the French, Portuguese, and Spanish air forces.
Continued ARBS flight testing – along with final validations of the optimized Cobham 905E hose and drogue
refueling pods – will lead to military certification of the A330 MRTT platform. In June, an A330 MRTT built for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) demonstrated successful hose-and-drogue contacts with an F/A-18 receiver aircraft.

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Message par SYLVE le Ven 10 Juil 2009, 08:02

Merci Alain

Les essais sur l'A 310 ARBS avec un F 16 de l'armée portugaise furent bien réalisés en partie de nuit.

Est-ce que le KC 767 en est incapable, ce serait étonnant, mais un KC 777, on ne le saura que quand il volera; s'il vole ! Smile
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Re: A 330 MRTT

Message par Sandy le Lun 13 Juil 2009, 23:53

Le premier A 330 destiné à la Royal Air Force est arrivé à Getafe pour transformation.

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The first Airbus A330-200 for the UK's Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft (FSTA) programme has landed at Airbus Military's Getafe site near Madrid for conversion.

Modifications will include the addition of Cobham 905E under-wing hose-and-drogue refuelling pods on an initial two aircraft, plus additional mission equipment. The UK company will then prepare the programme's remaining 12 aircraft at its Bournemouth site in Dorset from 2011.

Airbus Military will modify the programme's first two airframes at Getafe in a purpose-built hangar next to its current modification facility for the Royal Australian Air Force's A330-based KC-30A tanker/transport.

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First flown on 4 June at Airbus's Toulouse plant in France, the first FSTA aircraft arrived at Getafe in its Royal Air
Force colours, but carrying a temporary Spanish registration.

The UK's 14-strong FSTA fleet will be based at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, and replace its Lockheed TriStar and Vickers VC10 tanker/transports from 2011. Its last modified aircraft should be delivered in 2016.

The FSTA service has been contracted to the EADS UK-led AirTanker consortium under a 27-year private finance initiative deal worth around £13 billion ($20.8 billion).

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Message par Thipail le Jeu 27 Aoû 2009, 15:41

La RAAF prépare son deuxième A 330 MRTT

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Australia's second A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport achieves successful "power on" milestone

The second A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft for Australia has completed its mission equipment outfitting with a successful "power on" milestone, and is being readied for pre-delivery flight testing.

The aircraft underwent conversion to the A330 MRTT military configuration in Australia. Qantas Engineering performed the mission equipment outfitting at its Brisbane Airport facility with the support of Airbus Military, underscoring the capability of EADS and its subsidiaries to transfer complex industrial processes around the globe.

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Concernant la Royal Saudi Air Force, la motorisation n'est pas RR ni P&W.
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Re: A 330 MRTT

Message par DOUGLAS le Mer 23 Sep 2009, 19:36

EADS espère vendre encore une cinquantaine d'A330 MRTT hors USA. Confiant

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Airbus Military is targeting sales of up to 50 more A330-based multi-role tanker transports (MRTT) outside the USA,
as it prepares to step up flight-testing of the first aircraft for the Royal Australian Air Force.

A draft request for proposals for the latest iteration of the US Air Force's long-standing KC-X requirement, covering at least 100 aircraft, is also expected soon.

Sales of the A330 MRTT stand at 28 - for Australia (five), Saudi Arabia (six), the United Arab Emirates (three) and the UK (14).

"In terms of potential market, there are probably 40 or 50 tanker sales still to go around the world," says Airbus Military vice-president defence capability marketing, Peter Scoffham.

"We're in discussions with South Korea, Singapore, India [and nations in] the Middle East and North Africa.
That doesn't mean we're going to get contracts, but obviously those nations want to know what is available."

Scoffham also lists Brazil and France as prospects, and the UAE is looking at a follow-on order.

The MRTT is being offered with the option of a forward main deck cargo door. This was a feature included in the previous Northrop Grumman/EADS North America A330-based KC-X offer selected by the USAF but subsequently overturned after an appeal by Boeing. The door has drawn interest from Australia, Brazil
and France, says Airbus Military head of derivative programmes, Miguel Morell.

Morell does not expect stiff competition outside the USA from Boeing with its KC-767A. "We are going to get all the market," he claims. "We don't have competition today, to be honest."

Military certification of the A330 MRTT is targeted for April following up to 120 test flights, of which 57 have been completed. Handover of the first aircraft to the RAAF, following conversion in Madrid, is due in mid-2010. Australia's
remaining aircraft are being converted in Brisbane.

The first MRTT for Saudi Arabia will be converted at EADS's Getafe site near Madrid, and the rest in Riyadh or Jeddah. All three UAE aircraft will be modified in Spain. The first two UK aircraft are being worked on in Getafe, with the remaining 12 to be converted in Bournemouth, southern England.

For KC-X, the USAF's requirements will dictate whether the Northrop/EADS bid will be baselined on the passenger or freighter version of the A330-200. "It could be passenger aircraft, freighters or [a combi version]," says Morell.

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Re: A 330 MRTT

Message par Barth le Jeu 29 Oct 2009, 13:02

Le second A 330 MRTT de la RAAF retourne à Gatafe, chez Airbus Military, près de Madrid pour dernières modifications et essais.

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The Royal Australian Air Force's second of five Airbus Military A330 Multi-Role Tanker-Transports (MRTT) has completed conversion and initial flight testing in Brisbane.

The aircraft has been flown via the USA back to Airbus Military's home facility in Getafe, near Madrid, for further
modification and final test flights.

The aircraft is the type's first non-Getafe conversion. The work was done by Qantas Aviation Services, which will also convert the remaining three aircraft destined for the RAAF, which will receive the first aircraft by mid-2010.

In RAAF trim the aircraft, derived from the Airbus A330-200 airliner, features an Airbus Military air refuelling boom system with fly-by-wire controls and two under-wing hose-and-drogue pods.

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Re: A 330 MRTT

Message par Barth le Jeu 29 Oct 2009, 13:05

Une vue récente.
La perche ARBS épouse assez bien la queue de l'avion.
La présence humaine donne une bonne idée de la taille de l'A330MRTT

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Re: A 330 MRTT

Message par Neel2 le Dim 01 Nov 2009, 00:25

Coïncidence :

Cet A330 de la RAAF a fait une escale remarquée à Dover AFB dans le Dealaware, le 29 octobre.

Nombreux officiers USAF très intéressés.
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