AAR – service provider and key for successful operations
Wednesday 26 September - 12:12h | News & Press updates
EATC has chaired a working group with the abbreviation as of “MRTT/AAR OEWG” dealing with the employment / operational perspective of Air-to-Air Refueling (AAR).
Reasons for - or the necessity of - AAR are numerous.
Refueling on the ground may not be secured for different reasons (political, geological, infrastructural, etc.) and would lead to additional efforts on logistics and time. Especially in areas with a poor infrastructure, AAR enables aircraft to operate as long as possible in the air - and force them not to interrupt a mission in order to gain fuel. This becomes even more important, when point of gravities and their related missions shift on short notice - and given tasks to any aircraft must be changed while those are still up in the air: With AAR they are able to remain longer above the area of operation. This presence is necessary to keep up air superiority - anytime.
Importance of AAR
Coming back to the specific AAR meeting held at EATC it remaines now clear why AAR is related to many fields of AT: Modern military transport aircraft can often do both. For example the German Airbus A310 MRTT can change its role from AT to AAR on short notice by implementing a specific AAR kit. And in future also the A400M will be able to play a dual role of AT and AAR. Finally this became a major goal within the upcoming working group: The EATC is up to set the future course for a successful AAR – key to many successful operations.
Text: Norbert Thomas
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