posted on Dec, 25 2012 @ 04:43 PM
reply to post by Ex_CT2
The British, and for that matter most European nations chose to go with the probe and drogue refueling system, as they didn't have many large
aircraft that would require refueling. The USAF went with the boom system, because they have large aircraft that require large amounts of fuel to
transfer in a short period of time.
The Airseeker is not being modified with the probe that would be used for the probe and drogue system, so they're going to have to rely on the few
countries that have boom equipped tankers, since the new Voyager tankers the RAF is buying don't have the boom installed on them.
Probe and drogue:
British heavy aircraft with probe:
The USAF (KC-135/KC-10), the Netherlands AF (KDC-10, which is a DC-10 with a boom, and no extra fuel tanks installed in the airframe), the Italian AF
(KC-767), all have boom equipped tankers, so the Airseeker will have to rely on tankers from one of those nations for in flight refueling.