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.
The initial A330 MRTT for the Royal Australian Air Force is well along in the outfitting of its mission equipment, which will include the centerline ARBS, underwing refueling pods, and an electronic warfare self-protection suite to counter surface-to-air missiles.
EADS' ARBS 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.