The Airbus A310 MRTT has completed its first "wet" in-flight refuelling tests. A total of 2,000 litres (530USgal) of fuel were transferred to a Boeing F/A-18 Hornet and a Panavia Tornado through two wing-mounted refuelling pods on the A310 during the "wet" portion of the test. The A310 MRTT's service entry, and the development of the A400M airlifter, marks the debut of Airbus in the military special-mission market. Of the six A310s being delivered to Canada and Germany starting this month, three are being converted by Airbus with Lufthansa Technik at Elbe Flugzeugwerke, in Dresden. The other three will be converted at Lufthansa Technik in Hamburg, Germany.



Source: Flight International