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May 8: An Airbus Military A400M airlifter has successfully performed simulated refuelling contacts with an Airbus Military A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT).
The A400M made some 30 contacts with the hose and drogue of the A330 MRTT’s Fuselage Refuelling Unit (FRU). No fuel was passed in these tests, which consisted of ‘dry contacts’. The A330 MRTT that took part in the tests is one of the aircraft to be delivered to the UK Royal Air Force, where it is known as Voyager, as part of the Future Strategic Transport Aircraft (FSTA) programme.
The FRU is typically used to refuel large aircraft such as the A400M and the tests demonstrated the stability of both aircraft when flying in close formation and when refuelling. ([You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]