EADS’s advanced refuelling boom system (ARBS) for use in the US Air Force’s KC-45 aircraft has demonstrated night-time operational capability during a multicontact mission with an F-16 fighter.
The demonstration validated the ARBS’s enhanced vision system equipped with laser infrared lighting and high-definition digital stereoscopic viewing.
During the test mission the boom system installed on an A310 testbed aircraft performed 17 contacts with a Portuguese Air Force F-16AM after approach manoeuvres for calibrating illumination.
The ABRS flight tests form a part of the final qualification phase for the EADS A330 multirole tanker transport that will be delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force in 2010.
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