Airbus Defence & Space has conducted a key flight test activity with its A400M Atlas tactical transport, proving the type's ability to receive fuel in flight.

Conducted over Spain using a Royal Air Force A330 Voyager, the campaign involved the A400M receiving more than 80t of fuel during 100 "wet" contacts.


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The ability to undergo in-flight refuelling will "support the A400M's capability to conduct extremely long-range non-stop deployments", according to Airbus.

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The Atlas has also previously conducted trials equipped with under-wing hose and drogue refuelling pods, which will enable it to act as a tactical tanker.