A group of Royal Air Force Airbus KC2 Voyagers ( A330-243 MRTT ) land and takeoff from Gander International Airport ( CYQX ), Canada as part of the convoy delivering the first Lockheed Martin F-35 s to the United Kingdom.
SKB wrote:ZZ331 and ZZ335 were used to refuel the four F-35's
Operation Shader began as a humanitarian aid mission but has grown into a complicated mission to try and defeat the Islamic State. Since 2014, RAF aircrew based in Cyprus have been flying daily missions over Iraq and Syria as part of a coalition of nations.
Lord Jim wrote:Voyager's made the front page of the Daily Mail!
The ‘core’ RAF Voyager fleet is made up of nine aircraft. Of these, at any one time, eight fly on the Military Aircraft Register (MAR) and one is tasked, minus military equipment, to fly on the Civilian Aircraft Register (CAR). The RAF has optional surge capability rights on a further five aircraft.
This civilian aircraft is operated on a ’charter’ basis to the MOD by AirTanker under its own Air Operators’ Certificate but with the advantages that come with exclusive usage. The aircraft can also be pulled-in by the RAF if required to support air transport movements and if needed, moved to the MAR to support additional air-to-air refuelling capability.
Lord Jim wrote:However this is all water under the bridge, the MoD is stuck with contract.
Lord Jim wrote:As usual the so called Defence expert at he Daily Mail got his facts messed up, but the story is important. We are paying way over the odds for he Voyagers, and are limited in what we can and cannot do with them. What the RAAF got was a far better platform for less money. We couldn't even fit cargo doors on ours because it would interfere with passenger operations when in use as charter planes. However this is all water under the bridge, the MoD is stuck with contract.
Dahedd wrote:With the announcement today of the purchase of 5 E7 Wedgetail is it not about time to look again at booms on the Voyagers? That's now C17, P8 & E7s that require a boom to refuel.
downsizer wrote:Dahedd wrote:With the announcement today of the purchase of 5 E7 Wedgetail is it not about time to look again at booms on the Voyagers? That's now C17, P8 & E7s that require a boom to refuel.
There is no fucking money, discuss.
SW1 wrote:The RSAF has taken delivery of all six A330MRTTs
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