On 13 November 2018, for the first time, A400Ms air-to-air refuelled EF2000 Eurofighters. This event took place in the framework of a Spanish EF2000 AAR* validation campaign.
Moreover this campaign is the basis of very fruitful exchange process between the Spanish Air Force and the German “Luftwaffe” : under EATC command and control, a German and a Spanish A400M air-to-air refuelled together Spanish fighters. Germany is also participating in the campaign to facilitate cross clearances in the near future. On the other hand, Spain was an observer during a former German A400M ground testing.
The Spanish TK.23 A400M that took part in this campaign was delivered in July 2018. This air-to-air refuelling campaign is part of the TK.23 A400M mandatory “operational acceptance phase” aiming to pair clearance processes and perform flight testing.
* Air-to-air refuelling
photos kindly provided to us by the Spanish Air Force