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EADS MTA successfully performs first in-flight contact of its Air Refuelling Boom System using a combat aircraft receiver.

The first in-flight contact of the EADS MTA Air Refuelling Boom System (ARBS) has successfully been performed using an F-16 combat aircraft.

The boom, installed on an Airbus A310 used as a flight test bed, performed the contact with the receiver aircraft following the planned procedure, at an altitude of 27 000 feet. The contact represented how the ARBS will be used during a typical refuelling mission. This is the 60th test flight for the boom totaling more than 160 flight hours.

The boom operator Don Cash said that the first contacts were ‘like a dream’. He added that ‘the boom performed as expected, the movement was like a fine watch, very precise at 27 000 feet. It was easy to follow the receptacle on the F-16, and the contacts were smooth and precise. I truly believe we have a very capable boom system, as demonstrated today’.

Don Cash has over 8000 hours experience during 21 years as boom operator, instructor, evaluator and flight tester. Most of this time was with the USAF when he was a boomer on KC-135, KC-10 and KDC-10.

The boom is 17 meters long at full extension and allows the transfer of 2270 litre/minute of fuel. The fly-by-wire boom is controlled remotely from a console in the cockpit, where an operator uses an advanced technology 3 dimensional visual system. This gives safer operation and a reduced workload for the boom operator, and enables the tanker crew to be located together.

EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2006, EADS generated revenues of € 39.4 billion and employed a workforce 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. Its Defence & Security Division is a provider of comprehensive systems solutions and makes EADS the major partner in the Eurofighter consortium as well as a stakeholder in the missile systems provider MBDA. EADS also develops the A400M through its Military Transport Aircraft Division.

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