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Beginning on Sept. 5, Swedish SAAB Gripen deployed to Decimomannu airbase, in Sardinia, and French Rafale and Mirage 2000 aircraft, operating from Istres, France, conducted flying activity aimed at achieving the technical and operational certification to refuel from the Italian Air Force KC-767 tankers.
The “collective” aerial refueling certification activity, organized by Italy with the European Defence Agency (EDA) and the Movement Coordination Centre Europe (MCCE), falls within a series of European initiatives to develop and implement common operational capacities.
Aerial refuelers are considered among the most important assets in any military air campaign.
The recent Air War in Libya highlighted the lack of tankers among the European partners.
Originally posted by Araqiel
reply to post by Zaphod58
This did a great display with two Typhoons at RIAT this year, low and slow with the hoses trailing. Really cool stuff.