Aermacchi is completing in-flight refueling tests of its MB-339 advanced jet trainer at the Italian air force base of Pratica di Mare. The aircraft has already been qualified with the Panavia Tornado strike aircraft fitted with a centre-line buddy pod and a Boeing 707 T/T tanker. Tests are continuing to obtain full night qualification. The MB-339 has been fitted with a fixed probe, which will be a standard feature on the 15 MB.339 CDs, which the Italian air force is due to start receiving later this year. The aircraft, newly equipped with fully digital avionics, will be used by the air force for advanced training, including complete air refueling qualification.

Source: Flight International