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European produced fighters (Rafale, Gripen and Typhoon) belong to the so-called 4th generation. However, countries such…Read More »
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The RAAF was the launch customer for the A330MRTT. And the Aussies have been from the beginning key drivers of innovation working with Airbus Defence and Space in evolving the capabilities of the global tanker. Part of Tanker 2.0 is providing new capabilities for the combat fleet to support operations in terms of data, connectivity and enhanced tanking capabilities. One of those is the automated boom. During an interview at the Amberley Air Base in the Spring of 2017 with Air Commodore Lennon and the 86th Wing Commander, Group Captain Adam Williams, we discussed the evolution of the KC-30A into Tanker 2.0. One aspect of that evolution was the coming of the robotic boom. According to Air Commodore Lennon: “The best way to think about the new boom...