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Air-to-air refuelling, or in-flight refuelling (IFR), increases the possible range of an aircraft, allowing the operator greater mission flexibility while also offering a potential time and cost saving. Fixed-mast solutions are simple and reliable additions to the aircraft that are straightforward and inexpensive to maintain.
We have extensive experience of providing IFR receiver probes for a variety of aircraft types, ranging from large military tankers and transport platforms to business jets.
Our IFR probes have been installed on:
We can deliver the complete solution from design and manufacture to installation, testing, certification and support. For example, we are currently the sole supplier of IFR probes to Lockheed Martin for the C-130J. We carry out the design, analysis and manufacturing in house, and the completed probes, along with the in-fuselage centre-wing connection kits, are shipped out to the Marietta Final Assembly Line. These probes are already installed on the UK, Italian, Indian and Australian C-130J fleets. All non-US operated C-130J aircraft have the provision to support a Marshall IFR probe.
Our ‘end-to-end’ capability means we consider the whole picture: aircraft speeds, subsequent re-fuelling angles and flow levels.
Our externally-mounted IFR probe modifications typically comprise:
We can also provide the following additional modifications to support or enhance the in-flight refuelling capability, if required by the customer:
If the aircraft is likely to carry out frequent operations for which a probe is not required, we can design it to be removable, reducing drag and lowering the weight penalty.
As part of our in-flight refuelling modifications, we are also able to:
We can follow our customers’ specifications or harness our three decades of experience to work closely together with them and help define what is needed from the modification.Whatever the requirements, we promise a technically-sound solution that caters for every eventuality.