The Royal Air Drive’s Voyager KC. Mk 2 Air-to-Air Refuelling (AAR) tanker has finished the primary UK refuel of the F-35B Lightning II jets.
Consistent with the RAF’s commentary, the refuel happened at the 16thOctober 2018, over the North Sea at 19,000feet. The Voyager, based totally at RAF Brize Norton, house to the RAF’s Air Mobility Fleet isn’t any stranger to refuelling rapid jets, being the RAF’s sole AAR capacity.
The Voyager KC. Mk 2, is provided with two underwing pods for refuelling rapid jets, and the Voyager KC. Mk three has an extra centreline hose to be used by way of greater airplane.
“The Voyager airplane gives a extremely succesful Air-to-Air Refuelling capacity, with which we offer common give a boost to to most of the RAF’s fastened wing airplane. Supporting the brand new F-35B, because it enters provider, is a vastly vital job for the Voyager Drive. These days’s sortie went extraordinarily neatly and builds at the Air-to-Air Refuelling deployment sorties flown from america to the United Kingdom previous this 12 months. We look ahead to improving our give a boost to for the F35B right through this vital duration for the F-35B construction programme,” mentioned Voyager Captain 101 Squadron.
The F-35B Lightning II is the RAF’s latest struggle airplane, operated by way of 617 Squadron based totally at RAF Marham, Norfolk. This multi-role airplane can habits missions together with air-to-surface, digital battle, intelligence amassing and air-to-air concurrently.
“It’s improbable with the intention to hyperlink up the United Kingdom’s fifth era asset with the RAF’s Voyager tanker in UK skies for the primary time. With the ability to refuel from an asset equivalent to Voyager provides the F-35B the power to ship international beating air energy at vary in defence of the country.” mentioned Military F-35B Lightning Pilot 617 Squadron.
The F35-B Lightning II is a brief takeoff and vertical touchdown, multi-role, stealth airplane. The airplane combines complex sensors and undertaking techniques with low observable generation, or ‘stealth’, which allows it to function undetected in opposed airspace. Its built-in sensors, sensor fusion and information linking give you the pilot with remarkable situational consciousness. The pilot is in a position to proportion data collected by way of the jet with different platforms the use of safe knowledge hyperlinks, and/or use the tips to make use of guns or digital way.
The Lightning fifth-generation struggle airplane will function along the Storm. Lightning is a multi-role gadget in a position to undertaking missions together with air-to-surface, digital battle, intelligence amassing and air-to-air concurrently.