Airbus Defence and Space has demonstrated first ever automatic air-to-air refuelling contacts with a fighter aircraft from a A310 MRTT tanker’s refuelling boom – the first time in the world that this has been done.

The A310 MRTT company development aircraft performed six automatic contacts with a Lockheed Martin F-16AM Fighting Falcon fighter jet of the Portuguese Air Force in a demonstration of the technique.

In the 21 March flight off the Portuguese coast, the tanker performed the scheduled six contacts, at flight conditions of 270KT and 25,000ft over a 1hr 15min test period.

(A310 MRTT tanker’s refuelling boom, Airbus Defence and Space).

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