Specialist teams from two RAF units have been developing the capability of the Atlas transport aircraft to refuel fast jets by conducting a first time trial of a new fuelling system, say the RAF here.
“Personnel from the Fuels Support Team, part of No Expeditionary Logistics Squadron based at RAF Wittering, deployed to RAF Brize Norton to develop the Air Landed Aircraft Refuelling System capability used by the A400M ‘Atlas’.
The team take fuel from a large multi-engine aircraft like the Atlas and transfer it into a tactical refuelling facility to provide support to aircraft forward deployed from their Main Operating Bases to more austere locations.”
Wing Commander Patton, Officer Commanding 30 Squadron, was quoted as saying:
“This a very exciting opportunity for the Atlas force. We, in concert with our partners, are working constantly to develop and prove increasing A400M tactical capability – at pace. The work with No 1 Expeditionary Logistics Squadron showcases the ability of A400M to rapidly establish a forward refuelling point, which is critical to projecting our Forces wherever they may be needed in the world.”