Caracal Helicopter Practice Aerial Refueling with C295W

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Airbus C295W Demonstrates Refueling Contacts With Helicopter. Photo: Airbus Defense & Space

Airbus Defence and Space continues testing of the aerial refueling capabilities of the C295W medium transport plane. Following a recent successful demonstration of buddy refueling between two C295 transports, Airbus Defense and Space followed with a refueling contact demonstration of a H225M Caracal helicopter from C295W.

The contact was executed at speeds of 105-115kt and both crews reported smooth and simple operation.

The system is now being offered to existing and prospective C295 operators. Possible applications include special operations and extending the range of search and rescue aircraft.