09. May 2012
A400M - MSN1 makes first refuelling contacts with A330 MRTT
The A400M - MSN1 has successfully performed simulated refuelling contacts with an Airbus Military A330 MRTT Multi Role Tanker Transport.
The A400M made some 30 contacts with the hose and drogue of the A330 MRTT´s Fuselage Refuelling Unit (FRU). No fuel was passed in these tests which consisted of “dry contacts”.
The FRU is typically used to refuel large aircraft such as the A400M and the tests demonstrated the stability of both aircraft when flying in close formation and when refuelling.