Luftwaffe Tests A400M As Aerial Tanker for Foreign Deployments

The Luftwaffe announced on its website on 8 July that it is testing its A400M transport aircraft as an aerial tanker in foreign deployments. Air Transport Wing 62 (Lufttransportgeschwader 62: LTG 62) has been preparing the A400M to refuel German and allied aircraft flying against the so-called Islamic State for a year. An A400M air-to-air...

The Luftwaffe announced on its website on 8 July that it is testing its A400M transport aircraft as an aerial tanker in foreign deployments. Air Transport Wing 62 (Lufttransportgeschwader 62: LTG 62) has been preparing the A400M to refuel German and allied aircraft flying against the so-called Islamic State for a year.

The A400M has been certified to refuel German Tornados and German and Spanish Eurofighters. (Bundeswehr/Stefan Petersen)
The A400M has been certified to refuel German Tornados and German and Spanish Eurofighters. (Bundeswehr/Stefan Petersen)

An A400M air-to-air refuelling (AAR) version with 21 personnel was deployed from its home base of Wunstorf, eastern Germany, to Jordan on 5 July, joining a Luftwaffe A310 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) that has been conducting the mission from Al-Asraq airbase in Jordan since July 2017.

The Luftwaffe has been working towards the certification of an A400M AAR version since August 2018.

Source: www.janes.com