The Airbus Defence and Space A400M military airlifter has executed air-to-air refuelling contacts with another identical aircraft.

In two flights conducted from Seville, Spain the development aircraft performed more than 50 contacts in level flight and turns using the centreline hose and drum unit.

The A400M has a basic fuel capacity of 63,500 litres, which can be increased with two extra cargo hold tanks carrying 7,200 litres each, and can refuel from the hose and drum unit at a rate of 2,000 litres per minute. The standard A400M aircraft has full provisions for air-to-air refuelling operation.

copyright-airbus-defence-and-space-2016-1-b( A400M, Airbus Defence and Space ).

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