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alain57
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Message par alain57 Jeu 30 Avr 2009 - 21:58

A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport demonstrates refueling compatibility with C-135

http://www.defpro.com/news/details/7065/

08:09 GMT, April 29, 2009 Arlington, Virginia | The A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) – on which the
Northrop Grumman KC-45 is based – has marked a new development milestone by flying as a receiver aircraft with a C-135 tanker operated by the French Air Force. During two airborne sorties, the C-135 made 20 contacts with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) A330 MRTT, the first of five aircraft to be delivered to the RAAF.
A total of 20 contacts were made during two sorties in which the Royal Australian Air Force A330 MRTT flew as a receiver aircraft with a French Air Force C-135 tanker.
The Royal Australian Air Force is one of five military services that have selected A330-based refueling
aircraft to meet their nation’s tanker/transport requirements, including Australia, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. In 2008, the United States Air Force selected the Northrop Grumman KC-45 to replace its aging KC-135 refueling fleet.
Phase two MRTT flight testing began in December 2008 and has validated the aircraft’s flight control laws and
compatibility with a broad range of military aircraft while operating as both a tanker and receiver; tested and expanded the operational envelope of the centerline refueling boom and two underwing refueling pods; and tested onboard avionics – including NATO-standard Link 16 data communications and the Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS).
A key technology on the A330 MRTT and Northrop Grumman KC-45 is the EADS advanced Aerial Refueling Boom System (ARBS). The ARBS provides highly accurate, reliable in-flight refueling, with a maximum nominal fuel flow rate of 1,200 U.S. gallons per minute. A high-resolution, panoramic and 3D-vision surveillance system
enables the aircraft’s boom operator to remotely control the boom from the cockpit during day or night air-to-air refueling missions.

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Message par alain57 Sam 9 Mai 2009 - 19:42

Airbus Military successfully concludes A330 MRTT boom flutter testing

http://www.aeromorning.com/news.php?id_newss=30849&numnews=25


Airbus Military successfully concludes A330 MRTT boom flutter testing
As part of the final stages of the A330 MRTT flight test campaign, the boom flut-ter testing has been completed.
Several flights were performed for the Flutter Vibration Test, including for the aero elastic
characterization of the boom. The main objective of the testing is to check boom
and aircraft behaviour by inducting vibrations on the boom rudderva-tors. The boom has been tested in several configurations and conditions, includ-ing with the boom fully deployed, at several heights and speeds up to Mach .92
Since commencement of the second flight test phase in December 2008, Airbus Military has performed a range of testing. They included tanker and receiver flight control laws validation, underwing pod testing, boom data gathering and enve-lope expansion, as well as MIDS, Link 16 and military avionics and mission test-ing. A total of 107 flights were logged.
The A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT), a military derivative of the suc-cessful A330-200 commercial airplane, was selected by Australia, UK, UAE, Saudi Arabia and the USA.
Airbus is an EADS company.
Source : AIRBUS


Dernière édition par Admin le Sam 9 Mai 2009 - 22:48, édité 1 fois (Raison : Remise en forme Admin)

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Message par alain57 Mar 26 Mai 2009 - 12:14

India to buy Airbus MRTT tanker in a $1 billion deal

http://www.defpro.com/news/details/7643/

08:57 GMT, May 26, 2009 The Indian Air Force has decided to buy the Airbus A330 multi-role tanker
transport (MRTT) instead of the Russian built Ilyushin-78 air-to-air tanker, the Hindustan Times reported yesterday. The IAF Air Chief Marshal, Major Fali Homi said in an interview that after finishing evaluations the European A330 MRTT has been selected as the future tanker of the Air Force. Fali Homi also said that a
deal is expected to come up for final approval by the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) very soon.

The Ilyushin and Airbus platform were competing for the tender announced by the MoD three years ago consisting of six midair tanker aircraft worth nearly $1 billion. The Air Chief Marshal now said that the Russian aircraft have failed to meet certain requirements. Therefore, the IAF has decided to take the A330 MRTT - a military derivative of the Airbus A330 airliner - offered by European aerospace corporation EADS.

The first A330 MRTT may be delivered to the IAF within three years after signing the deal, while the remaining five would be inducted 15 months after that.
The IAF has operated the Il-78 tankers for almost six years but are now braking with Russia as its main defence supplier.

The A330 MRTT has won several tanker competitions with contracts signed by the governments of
United Kingdom, Australia, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
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Message par sevrien Mar 26 Mai 2009 - 13:21

Merci, alain !
alain57 a écrit: India to buy Airbus MRTT tanker in a $1 billion deal

http://www.defpro.com/news/details/7643/

08:57 GMT, May 26, 2009 The Indian Air Force has decided to buy the Airbus A330 multi-role tanker
transport (MRTT) instead of the Russian built Ilyushin-78 air-to-air tanker, the Hindustan Times reported yesterday. The IAF Air Chief Marshal, Major Fali Homi said in an interview that......European A330 MRTT has been selected as the future tanker of the Air Force. Fali Homi also said that a deal is expected to come up for final approval by the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) very soon.
C'est la procédure.
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alain57 a écrit: The first A330 MRTT may be delivered to the IAF within three years after signing the deal, while the remaining five would be inducted 15 months after that.....
The A330 MRTT has won several tanker competitions with contracts signed by the governments of
United Kingdom, Australia, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
Il sera intéressant de voir quel sera le choix du moteur !
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Message par pascal83 Mar 26 Mai 2009 - 15:45

Cela ferait combien d'A330MRTT?
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Message par alain57 Mar 26 Mai 2009 - 17:28

Bonjour pascal, a priori 6 exemplaires pour le moment,

mieux que rien, et cela peut évolué par la suite.

a ce jour l'A330 MRTT a gagné tous les compétitions auquel il a participé. sacré référence pour le choix prochain US qui revient sur le tapis, mais et ce que cela comptera ? ....
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Message par sevrien Mar 26 Mai 2009 - 18:56

Merci pour ces posts !

Il y aurait de plus en plus d'Américains, concernés par cette affaire des avions ravitailleurs, qui disent qu'il serait / sera nécessaire de partager le contrat entre Boeing & NG-EADS, en raison des ces éléments !

La solution Boeing ne fait pas recette dans les autres marchés du monde !

Ceux qui disent que la solutuion mixte serait trop coûteuse (pour le contribuable américain) ne savent pas compter !

(i) Nous avons déjà vu les militaires américains se planter dans leur calculs antérieurs.

(ii) Vous avez vu beaucoup d'homme politiques qui sachent compter, quand ils ont un 'ticket' à défendre ?

(iii) Je ferai une liste de points qui manquent dans le raisonnement contre la solution d'une source unique, et rappellerai les éléments qui ont permis aux uns et aux autres de comprendre pourquoi il était nécessaire, opportune et souhaitable d'avoir une motorisation alternative pour le JSF (F-35).
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Message par alain57 Sam 30 Mai 2009 - 0:51

India’s Aerial Tanker Competition

http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/Indias-Aerial-Tanker-Competition-05391/#more-5391

article avec photos.....intéressant a lire, on découvre les synergies possible entre les A330 d'Air India et les MRTT concernant l'entretient.
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Message par sevrien Sam 30 Mai 2009 - 8:22

Bonjour, chers tous. Merci, Alain !

Y aura-t-il une bonne nouvelle "définitive" au Salon du Bourget ?

Est-ce que beaucoup d'acteurs ne sont pas en train de retenir les informations, pour les libérer au Salon, afin de donner un goût de succès à celui-ci, le sourire aux organisateurs et de l'encouragement aux secteurs aéronautique et de l'aviation ?

On comprend le scepticisme de TRIM2 et d'autres !
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Message par alain57 Mar 2 Juin 2009 - 9:57

Airbus A330 MRTT successfully performs first contacts using new generation of
under-wing hose and drogue refuelling pods


http://www.defpro.com/news/details/7786/

06:48 GMT, June 2, 2009 The Airbus Military A330 MRTT (Multi Role Tanker Transport) has completed
another major milestone performing successfully a series of dry contacts using the new generation Cobham 905E hose and drogue refuelling pods, located under the wings. The receiver aircraft was a Spanish Air Force F/A-18A+ fighter.
The system performed well in hose extension and retraction, and showed good hose response in the contact as well as stability during pre-contact and when connected.
This new refuelling pod is a development of the 907E pod already in service with the Canadian and German air forces on their A310 MRTTs. The pods can each deliver up to 420 US gal/min (1600 litres/min) through
a 90 ft (27.4 m) hose, and are controlled from a state-of-the-art Fuel Operator Console located in the cockpit.
"The next steps in the flight test program involve more contacts with the new hose and drogue refuelling pod and the advanced Aerial Refuelling Boom System (ARBS), refuelling a variety of receivers that will include French, Portuguese and Spanish small and large receiver aircraft. This flight test phase will lead us to the completion of military certification, and final qualification with our customer” said Miguel Morell, Vice President Airbus Military Derivative Programmes.
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Message par sevrien Mar 2 Juin 2009 - 10:04

Merci pour ce post, alain, et les "progrès d'étape" annoncés.
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Message par alain57 Mar 2 Juin 2009 - 10:12

Bonjour Sevrien, cet avion et une très belle réussite d'Airbus.......
il y a juste a espéré qu'une partie au-moins du contrat US lui revient.....
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Message par sevrien Ven 5 Juin 2009 - 16:24

Lien :
http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2009/06/05/327461/picture-uks-first-future-strategic-tanker-takes-flight.html
DATE:05/06/09. SOURCE:Flight International
PICTURE: UK's first future strategic tanker takes flight
By Craig Hoyle
Airbus has performed the maiden flight of the first Trent 700-powered A330-200 being built to deliver the UK's Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft capability from 2011.
Performed at the company's Toulouse site on 4 June, the milestone will be followed by the aircraft's delivery to Airbus Military's Getafe plant near Madrid for "militarisation and tanker conversion" activities, says EADS UK-led AirTanker.

Etape importante ! Réactions ?
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alain57
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Message par alain57 Mar 9 Juin 2009 - 18:49

Background information on the first flight of the Future Strategic Tanker
Aircraft (FSTA)


http://www.defpro.com/news/details/7946/

http://www.defpro.com/news/details/7980/
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Message par alain57 Jeu 25 Juin 2009 - 20:58

Third Airbus A330-200 arrived in Australia for its conversion into a multi role tanker transport (KC-30 Tanker)

http://www.defpro.com/news/details/8285/

08:53 GMT, June 25, 2009 Greg Combet, Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and Science, today
announced that the next commercial Airbus A330-200 aircraft has arrived at Brisbane airport for its conversion into a multi role tanker transport (KC-30 Tanker) for use by the Royal Australian Air Force.

This aircraft is being acquired under Project Air 5402. Under this project five air to air refuelling aircraft are being purchased from Spanish company EADS CASA (now known as Airbus Military). This involves the conversion of commercial A330-200 Airbus into military air to air refuellers (KC 30 Tankers).

“The aircraft which is known as Manufacturer’s Serial Number 969, is the third A330-200 to be delivered from Airbus for this project and will be the second aircraft to be converted to a KC-30 tanker by Qantas in Australia,” said Mr Combet.

“This is good news for Brisbane and Qantas. The project also demonstrates the ability of Australian defence industry to engage in complex military aviation projects.”

“The ability to refuel aircraft in the air provides the ADF with a stronger capability by allowing a fixed number of aircraft to remain airborne longer, carry more ordnance or fly further than would otherwise be the case. This will help augment our air combat capability by extending the range and endurance of our fighters,” said Mr Combet.
“The KC 30 Tanker will also add to our air-lift capability with the capacity to carry 270 troops and significant quantities of stores over significant distances.”

“The first (prototype) aircraft, MSN747, has now successfully completed the second sub-phase of developmental flight testing which is devoted to boom free flight data gathering and validation of the KC-30 receiver and tanker flight control laws.”

“MSN747 has successfully performed dry contacts as a receiver with the EADS A310 Boom Demonstrator and a French Air Force C-135 tanker. It has completed its first dry contact using the new-generation Cobham
905E hose and drogue refuelling pods with a Spanish Air Force F/A-18 fighter on 28 May 2009.”

“The second aircraft, MSN 951, being the first to be converted to a KC-30 tanker by Qantas in Australia, is progressing well and is expected to return to Madrid, Spain later this year for completion of the
extensive certification and qualification flight test program.”

MSN 951 is currently expected to be the first aircraft to be accepted from Airbus
Military, around mid-2010, for entry into RAAF service, as A39?002.
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Message par Invité Sam 27 Juin 2009 - 20:43

Merci Alain ! Voici deux photos du MSN 951 chez Qantas

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Message par alain57 Dim 28 Juin 2009 - 15:04

Merci pour les photos VictorK
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Message par art_way Lun 29 Juin 2009 - 13:36

PICTURE: UK's first FSTA A330 tanker gets Royal Air Force colours
By Craig Hoyle

The first Airbus A330-200
for the UK's Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft (FSTA) programme has been
painted in Royal Air Force colours, ahead of being delivered to Airbus
Military's Getafe site near Madrid, Spain, for role-conversion work.
Pictured on 26 June at Airbus's Toulouse site in France carrying its
manufacturer's civil registration, the aircraft is the first of 14 FSTA
airframes to be produced. It made its first flight on 4 June.

Structured as a 27-year private finance initiative deal, the UK's
FSTA project, worth roughly £13 billion ($20.9 billion), will be
delivered by AirTanker, a consortium comprising Cobham, EADS UK, Rolls-Royce, Thales UK and VT Group.
Deliveries are due to take place from 2011, with the modified A330s
to replace the RAF's Lockheed TriStars and Vickers VC10s in delivering
tanker/transport services.

http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2009/06/29/328962/picture-uks-first-fsta-a330-tanker-gets-royal-air-force-colours.html


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Message par alain57 Jeu 9 Juil 2009 - 18:10

EADS’ advanced aerial refueling boom demonstrates nightime operational capability

http://www.defpro.com/news/details/8546/

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.

The A330 MRTT has been selected by the air forces of Australia, the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. In 2008, Northrop Grumman’s KC-45 version of the aircraft was selected by the U.S. Air Force to recapitalize its aging tanker fleet.

Deliveries of the A330 MRTT will begin next year, with Australia’s Air Force becoming the first military service to receive the aircraft.
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Message par art_way Lun 13 Juil 2009 - 9:08

EADS : arrivée d'un premier Airbus A330 MRTT à Madrid.

Airbus, filiale d'EADS, annonce l'arrivée sur son
site de Getafe, dans la banlieue de Madrid, d'un premier appareil A330
dans le cadre du nouveau programme britannique d'avions ravitailleurs
(FSTA).

L'Airbus A330, livré avec quelques jours d'avance, doit être converti selon les
critères du projet sur les avions ravitailleurs multirôles (MRTT).

Au total, le programme FSTA prévoit la fourniture d'une flotte de 14 nouveaux tankers à destination de la Royal Air Force (RAF).

La mise en service du premier appareil est prévu pour 2011.
Ces nouveaux ravitailleurs viendront progressivement remplacer une flotte existante composée d'appareils VC-10 et Tristar.

http://www.boursorama.com/infos/actualites/detail_actu_societes.phtml?num=e6c932fdb3d13431e9c0b780f3b1d5a4


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Message par Poncho (Admin) Mer 23 Sep 2009 - 22:06

Bonsoir

http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2009/09/23/332659/airbus-military-bullish-on-a330-mrtt-sales-prospects.html


Airbus Military bullish on A330 MRTT sales prospects
By Andrew Doyle

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.

Position très intéressante d'airbus.

Prévoit une cinquantaines ventes, avec des discussions Corée du Sud, Singapore, Inde, Moyen Orient, Afrique du Nord, France et Brésil.
Il y a déjà à l'heure actuelle 28 commandes.

Airbus propose maintenant la porte avant cargo sur les MRTT comme sur le KC30.

Airbus ne semble pas penser que le KC767A puisse être un concurrent sur ces marchés.

Le programme MRTT avance, avec presque la moitié des vols d'essais réalisés pour les exemplaires de la RAAF. Certification prévue pour avril 2010 avec remise à la RAAF mi-2010.

Concernant le programme KC-X, la cellule de base pourra être selon, airbus, selon les critères de jugement, soit la version PAX, soit la version fret... soit une version combi (Nota : elle existe ?)

Conclusion perso, s'attendre à voir arriver sur le KC-X une version ultraoptimisée de l'A330-200, soit à minima la version 238t éventuellement déclinée depuis la cellule cargo.

Plus globalement, tout semble remis sur le tapis pour cet appel d'offre.

Bonne soirée


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Message par Poncho (Admin) Ven 23 Oct 2009 - 22:46

Bonsoir à tous

Un mythe s'effondre...

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http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/Eads-North-America-1063906.html


EADS Advanced Refueling Boom Transfers Fuel From Australian A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport to F-16 Fighter
Milestone Validates Key Technological Advantage of Northrop Grumman's KC-45 Tanker for U.S. Air Force

An F-16 receiver aircraft moves into position then receives fuel from the advanced Aerial Refueling Boom System (ARBS) aboard the A330 MRTT. The ARBS is identical to that on the Northrop Grumman KC-45 offering for the US Air Force.
An F-16 receiver aircraft moves into position then receives fuel from the advanced Aerial Refueling Boom System (ARBS) aboard the A330 MRTT. The ARBS is identical to that on the Northrop Grumman KC-45 offering for the US Air Force. Highlighted Links


EADS North AmericaARLINGTON, VA--(Marketwire - October 22, 2009) - The EADS A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) -- currently in production for four allied nations -- marked another major performance milestone with the first in-flight refueling performed from the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) A330 MRTT utilizing its integrated Aerial Refueling Boom System (ARBS).

The contacts and subsequent fuel transfers were made with two F-16 receiver aircraft and validated the advanced ARBS handling qualities, precision, and stability on the A330 MRTT, as well as the capabilities of its 3-D vision system. The flight lasted four hours and 30 minutes, with more than 3,300 pounds of fuel transferred during 13 contacts.

EADS' fly-by-wire ARBS is one of the key technological discriminators for the A330 MRTT and Northrop Grumman's KC-45 offering to the U.S. Air Force, providing the only digital, all-electric fly-by-wire refueling system available today.

The ARBS has already made more than 250 wet and dry contacts with a wide range of receiver aircraft, in a full range of operating conditions and throughout the flight envelope, while the boom was deployed on an EADS test-bed aircraft.

"This significant milestone demonstrates the maturity of the world's most modern aerial refueling boom system as integrated on the only next-generation tanker aircraft in production today," said Ralph D. Crosby, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of EADS North America. "The A330 MRTT is one important step closer to service introduction with a key allied military service, the Royal Australian Air Force."

"The ARBS was just as smooth and easy to control during these contacts as it has been in all our prior work with it," said Don Cash, boom operator for the A330 MRTT test flight. "The precision of the system makes the boom feel just like an extension of my arm."

Cash is a retired U.S. Air Force boom operator with more than 20 years' experience aboard the KC-135 and KC-10, and has been on the ARBS design team for five years. "I've had the needs of the warfighter in mind from the beginning, and we've arrived at a system that offers them a level of performance and reliability unmatched by any system available in the world today and for the foreseeable future."

The RAAF's A330 MRTT is similar in configuration to Northrop Grumman's KC-45 Tanker offered for the U.S. Air Force to recapitalize its aging aerial refueling fleet. Both aircraft are equipped with the EADS ARBS, plus a pair of all-digital Cobham 905E refueling pods under the wings. This mix of boom and pod refueling technologies ensures the A330 MRTT and KC-45 can transfer fuel to all types of receiver aircraft during a single mission without reconfiguration. The KC-45 also offers a centerline hose-and-drogue fuselage refueling unit.

The boom's maximum nominal fuel flow rate is 1,200 U.S. gallons per minute, while the pods can deliver up to 420 gallons of fuel per minute. Aerial refueling operations are controlled from a state-of-the-art Remote Aerial Refueling Operator console in the cockpit behind the pilots, incorporating the enhanced vision system with laser infrared lighting and high-definition digital stereoscopic viewing.

"I have situational awareness and a field of view that far exceed anything I ever had during my Air Force career," Cash said, "with crystal-clear visuals night or day."

EADS North America is a principal teammate on Northrop Grumman's KC-45 Tanker program, and is responsible for delivering the aircraft platform, which will be produced at a new aerospace center of excellence to be built in Mobile, Ala.

Airbus Military, an EADS company, is responsible for the design and production of the A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport for international customers, which today includes Australia, the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Orders from those countries total 28 aircraft. The A330 MRTT has won all of the international competitions for new-generation aerial tankers since 2004.

The RAAF will receive its first of five A330 MRTTs in 2010, two of which have completed conversion and currently are in flight test. Upon delivery to the RAAF, they will be designated the KC-30A.

About EADS North America (www.eadsnorthamerica.com)

EADS North America is the North American operation of EADS, a global leader in aerospace, defense and related services. As a leader in all sectors of defense and homeland security, EADS North America and its parent company, EADS, contribute over $11 billion to the U.S. economy annually and support more than 200,000 American jobs through its network of suppliers and services. Operating in 17 states, EADS North America offers a broad array of advanced solutions to its customers in the commercial, homeland security, aerospace and defense markets.

Le mythe qui s'effondre... l'ARBS fonctionne sur les coucous de la RAAF... 13 contacts réalisés avec transfert de fuel.

250 contacts sec et humides déjà réalisés...

Conclusion : la compétition est (re)lancée

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Message par Poncho (Admin) Lun 9 Nov 2009 - 22:36

Bonsoir !

Dans la suite du dépouillement des mythes...

http://blog.seattlepi.com/aerospace/archives/184525.asp




A330-based tanker passes fuel through boom at night


An Australian A330-based tanker performs a night refueling of an F-16 aircraft (EADS photo)Hot on the heels of passing fuel through its boom to a receiver aircraft for the first time, an Airbus Military A330-based tanker has refueled two jets at night, the company announced Monday.

The Royal Australian Air Force Multi-Role Tanker Transport transferred more than 3,300 pounds of fuel to two F-16 fighters during a multi-contact mission, Airbus said.

"Night refueling is one of the most challenging missions for our warfighters, and the A330 MRTT has once again demonstrated its superior capabilities as the only next-generation tanker aircraft in production today," Ralph Crosby, Jr., chairman of EADS North America, said in a news release. "Completion of this significant milestone reinforces the fact that the A330 MRTT is able to meet the most demanding U.S. Air Force requirements."

The Northrop Grumman-EADS KC-45 tanker proposed for the U.S. Air Force is based on the A330 MRTT.

Avec un F16 Wink de nuit !

Avec un rafale ça aurait été encore plus facile... mais ça c'est une autre histoire !!


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Message par Poncho (Admin) Lun 16 Nov 2009 - 10:58

Bonjour à tous

http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2009/11/16/334999/dubai-09-pictures-airbus-military-runs-a400m-engines.html



Dubai 09: PICTURES - Airbus Military runs A400M engines
By Andrew Doyle



The European manufacturer has meanwhile revealed that Riyadh is the favoured location for the in-country modification of five of the six A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transports ordered by Saudi Arabia.



The first "green" Airbus Military A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport for Saudi Arabia has been delivered to the manufacturer's Madrid, Spain conversion centre.

It arrived in Madrid from Airbus's Toulouse assembly line on 10 November, and the modified aircraft is due to be handed over to the Royal Saudi Air Force in 2011.

The additional five aircraft ordered by Saudi Arabia will be converted in Riyadh in partnership with a yet-to-be-selected local partner. Jeddah had been under consideration as the location for the in-country modification centre.

All three A330 MRTTs ordered by UAE will be converted in Madrid, with the first aircraft due to arrive from Toulouse in January 2010. These aircraft will also be delivered from 2011.

Non ce n'est pas une erreur
Les 5 derniers MRTT Saoudiens seront convertis à Ryad.
Le premier est converti à Madrid



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Message par Poncho (Admin) Mar 24 Nov 2009 - 23:12

Même si au rythme des chamailleries sur l'appel d'offre, il est probable que les prochains tankers soient des 787 ou des A350 Wink

Blague à part, l'A330 MRTT continue à murir

http://blog.seattlepi.com/aerospace/archives/186174.asp


Airbus tanker simultaneously refuels two fighters


An A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport simultaneously refuels two F/A-18 fighters via its all-digital hose-and-drogue refueling pods on each wing (Airbus photo)
Airbus' A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport has performed the first simultaneous refueling of two fighters with its all-digital hose-and-drogue system, the company announced Monday.

The Royal Australian Air Force tanker used its left and right under-wing pods to transfer more than 25,000 pounds of fuel to two NATO F/A-18 fighters during 11 simultaneous airborne refueling contacts on Nov. 18, Airbus said.

"Operational flexibility and demonstrated robust mission capability are essential requirements for a military refueling aircraft," EADS North America Chairman Ralph Crosby, Jr., said in a statement. "This latest program success is further evidence that the A330 MRTT is ready to meet the demanding operational requirements of next-generation military tankers, including those of the U.S. Air Force as part of the Northrop Grumman KC-45 team."

The Australian tanker has previously transferred fuel during the daytime and at night using its boom and to one aircraft at a time through its hose-and-drogue system, Airbus noted. "(B)oth refueling systems on the A330 MRTT have now been demonstrated through flight tests, confirming the aircraft's maturity in preparation for the startup of deliveries to international customers beginning in 2010."

The Australian tanker "is nearly identical in configuration" to the tanker a Northrop Grumman-EADS team is offering to the U.S. Air Force, Airbus noted. It said the first of the five tankers Australia has ordered will be delivered in mid-2010.

2 avions ravitaillés en même temps

L'avion progresse

Et c'est bon pour l'appel d'offre USAF Wink

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Message par jullienaline Jeu 26 Nov 2009 - 0:35

Bonsoir à tous,

Une photo pour illustrer la nouvelle précédente.
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http://www.eadsnorthamerica.com/1024/en/breaking_news/2009%20Press%20Releases/2009_11_23_simultaneously_transferring_fuel_to_two_fighter_aircraft.html

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Message par Poncho (Admin) Jeu 17 Déc 2009 - 22:43

Et maintenant une belle video

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