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A330 MRTT Refueling Systems
- Fuselage Refuelling Unit (FRU)
Large probe-equipped aircraft such as the A400M or C295, can be refuelled, at a high fuel offload rate of 1800 kg/min – 600 US gal/min via the Cobham 805E Fuselage Refuelling Unit (FRU).
The FRU, a removable Hose and Drogue unit, allows refuelling receivers with a different fuel type. This option assures NATO fuel type to be transferred from Wing-Pods, while an alternative fuel type is dispensed from the FRU.
Those Air-to-Air Refuelling (AAR) systems are controlled from an advanced Fuel Operator Console that is positioned in the cockpit, increasing the safety of the AAR operation by ensuring a timely and synchronized reaction of the flight crew to unexpected events. It also features an Enhanced Vision System, a high definition 2D/3D digital system that enables performing day and night refuelling and can provide high resolution video recording of the refuelling operations.
Eurofighter Typhoon / Most Outstanding Features
- Close air support
The recent integration contract for the Brimstone has strengthened the CAS capabilities of the Eurofighter Typhoon since it can now engage in combat with a reduced risk of collateral damages of non-combatant or friendly forces.
- Swing role
The Eurofighter Typhoon can simply switch from air-to-air into the air-to-ground role and back within the same mission. Multiple configurations of air-to-air and ground attack payloads can be put under 13 wing and fuselage stations which enables a highly flexible and mission specific configuration.
The Eurofighter Typhoon is the world’s most advanced new generation multi-role/swing-role combat aircraft available on the market. It represents the peak of British, German, Italian and Spanish collaborative technology in avionics, aerodynamics, materials, manufacturing techniques and engines. Eurofighter Typhoon is Europe’s largest military collaborative programme.
Eurofighter Typhoon is the only fighter to offer wide-ranging operational capabilities whilst at the same time delivering unparalleled fleet effectiveness.
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The Sukhoi Su-25 Grach is a single-seat, twin-engine jet aircraft developed in the Soviet Union by Sukhoi. It was designed to provide close air support for the Soviet Ground Forces.
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SU-27 CRASHES IN UKRAINE:
Ukraine Su-27 fighter jet crashes during NATO exercise
A Ukraine Air Force Su-27 fighter jet crashed on Tuesday, October 16 during large-scale NATO aerial exercises, the Ukrainian military said. “Today, at about 17:00, an Su-27 fighter jet crashed during a combat training flight in the area of Ulaniv [between the Berdychiv and Khmilnyk],” the the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said in a Facebook post. “Search and rescue activities are being carried out,” the General Staff added.
The bodies of both pilots were found, the military said later.
U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa later confirmed that “a U.S. service member was involved” in the incident, adding that it was under investigation.
Exercise Clear Sky 2018 kicked off in western Ukraine on October 8 and is scheduled to run until October 19.
Some 700 troops are taking part, half of them from NATO member countries including the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Denmark and Estonia, not NATO members, are also participating.
Ukraine is contributing about 30 aircraft and 350 military personnel in five tactical aviation units.