Airbus Military has started dry contacts with its A330 tanker using a new Cobham-designed hose and drogue refueling pod.
The so called 905E pods located under the A330’s wing were used in flight tests with a Spanish air force F/A-18A fighter. Canada and the German air force use the 907E pod on their A310 tanker transports.
Airbus says “the system performed well in hose extension and retraction, and showed good hose response in the contact as well as stability during pre-contact and when connected.”
The hose and drogue system supports as a fuel rate of up to 420 US gallons per minute using a 90 ft. hose.
"The next steps in the flight test program involve more contacts with the new hose and drogue refuelling pod and the advanced Aerial Refuelling Boom System (ARBS), refuelling a variety of receivers that will include French, Portuguese and Spanish small and large receiver aircraft,” says Miguel Morell, Vice President Airbus Military Derivative Programs.
[Photo: Airbus Military]