This milestone permits the next phase of testing, which will involve in-flight contacts and airborne fuel transfers of the ARBS with a full range of receiver aircraft.
With this key milestone completed, the ARBS is ready to fully demonstrate its airborne offload capabilities as the most modern refueling system designed to meet current and future needs of the U.
also is incorporated on the similar KC-30B Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) for Australia -- the first of which will be delivered next year to the Royal Australian Air Force.
has undergone a rigorous flight test program, and is now in its final in-flight validation phase.
The EADS ARBS
successfully completed a series of key milestones, including fully extending and maneuvering the refueling boom in-flight, thereby advancing the system to the next phase of flight evaluations intended to clear its use throughout the full refueling test and operations envelope.