Today’s image is from Airbus and depicts its Aerial Refuelling Boom System (on an A310) making contact with a Portuguese F-16AM–at night! This was conducted as part of the readiness for A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) qualification.
After approach maneuvers to calibrate illumination, 17 contacts were made between the A310 and the receiver. The ARBS operator performed the refueling operation using the new Airbus Military state of the art Boom Enhanced Vision System featuring laser infrared lighting and high definition digital stereoscopic video system. The ARBS has now accumulated more than 400 contacts with different types of aircraft: F-16, E-3F AWACS, and KC-30A MRTT.