MADRID --- EADS CASA has successfully completed the refuelling Ground Test with the ARBS (Air Refuelling Boom System) installed on the A310 platform.
The refuelling operation was performed using the real aircraft systems and a F-16 fighter aircraft receptacle connected to the fuel pipes. Several transfers were made through the Boom Control Unit. All modes were tested: automatic and manual connection and refuelling, and all systems performed well.
Following this test, EADS CASA will complete the Flight Test Program with the A310 platform, including dry and wet contacts.
This new Air Refuelling Boom System (ARBS) will equip the fleet of five EADS A330 MRTT (KC-30B) tanker aircraft ordered by the Royal Australian Air Force. The KC-30B is the most advanced Mission System Tanker aircraft in the world which is equipped with a state-of-the-art centerline ARBS (Air Refueling Boom System), with a maximum nominal fuel flow rate of 1,200 U.S. gallons per minute (4,500 litres per minute).and with fly-by-wire controls, and features an automatic load alleviation system that provides a larger refueling envelope and enhanced controllability plus two under-wing hose and drogue pods with a maximum nominal fuel flow rate of 420 U.S. gallons per minute (1,600 litres per minute).
In addition, the aircraft will carry an electronic warfare suite that protects against surface-to-air missile threats, along with a Link 16 network system that provides real-time airborne connectivity.
EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2006, EADS generated revenues of EUR 39.4 billion and employed a work-force of about 116,000. The Group includes the aircraft manufacturer Airbus, the world's largest helicopter supplier Eurocopter and EADS Astrium, the European leader in space programmes from Ariane to Galileo. EADS is the major partner in the Eurofighter consortium, develops the A400M military transport aircraft, and holds a stake in the joint venture MBDA, the international leader in missile systems.