Certification flight tests for A330 MRTT hose-and-drogue system completed
Airbus Military has completed all the flight tests required for the daylight certification of the hose-and drogue refuelling system on the A330 MRTT and hopes to have formal military certification of the system from Spain's INTA certification authority this summer.
The A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTTT) is fitted with the Cobham 905 system, which provides refuelling from under-wing pods. It is the most advanced hose and drogue refuelling system currently available, Airbus claims.
Testing covered all of the flight envelope required to certify the aircraft handling qualities with the hose-and-drogue deployed, and included a wide range of manoeuvres both in free-flight and in coupled mode with Spanish Air Force F-18 fighters.
Meanwhile, flight testing of the Airbus Military Aerial Refuelling Boom System (ARBS) is also progressing well and will be completed shortly. Delivery of the first A330 MRTT will be to the Royal Australian Air Force later this year.