Air-to-Air Refuelling

‘Of all air power force-multipliers, Air-to-Air Refuelling (AAR) is amongst the most significant. It provides an essential capability that increases the range, endurance, payload and flexibility of all capable receiver aircraft, and is especially important when forward basing is limited or unavailable, or air base operations limitations impose constraints.’

NATO, Allied Tactical Publication (ATP) 3.3.4 Vol II AAR Doctrine (Brussels: NATO Standardization Agency, 2013).

Point of Contact

Joint Air Power Competence Centre
Air Operations Support Branch
Air-to-Air Refuelling Section

Lieutenant Colonel Roberto Paviotti, ITA AF
Major Victoria Thomas, USA AF


Air-to-Air Refuelling Matrix

Please click on the image below to access the Air-to-Air Refuelling Database.  The Matrix is a tool, but the source documents for this information are National SRDs.

Recent Updates 

15.08.16 Updated USA SRD (PDF)
19.07.16 Updated USA SRD (PDF)
14.07.16 Updated National/Organizational SRD (Doc)
20.05.16 Updated USA SRD (PDF)
06.05.16 New USA SRD (…)
11.03.16 New USA SRD (PDF)
29.02.16 New FRA SRD (PDF)
25.02.16 New ATP- SRDs (SRD1) (SRD2) (SRD3) (SRD4)
05.01.16  New AAR Matrix Online (Beta Version)
16.12.15  New AUS SRD (PDF)


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2016 AAR Events

Sep 8, EATC OEWG, Brussels BEL
Sep 13-15, NAFAG/ACG5, Seville ESP
Sep 13-15, Fall ARSAG Workshop & JSB, Dayton USA
Sep 26-7 Oct, SHARC, Poggio Renatico ITA
Oct 19-21, 16th NATO AARWG/EDA PT AAR, Brussels BEL
Oct 27-30, Airlift/Tanker Association Conference, Nashville USA

2017 AAR Events

Feb 2-4, Winter ARSAG Working Shop & JSB, Dayton USA
Apr 25-27, ARSAG17 Conference, Orlando USA

NATO ATP- Edition D Editing Schedule

NATO AARWG accepted edits from all Nations through 17 April, 2016.
JAPCC AAR SME is now incorporating edits and will release a ratification document through NSO in Summer of 2016.  Target promulgation is Fall 2016.

NATO ATP- Related Documents

Related Publications

Additional NATO AAR STANAGs & ATPs the JAPCC Manages

AAR Consolidation

AAR Flight Plan

AAR Equipment: Probe-Drogue Interface Characteristics

STANAG 3447 Edition 4 is NATO Unclassified/Releasable to PfP and available through the NSO website

STANAG 3447 Edition 5 is currently out to nations for Ratification

ATP- Edition A Version 1 is currently out to nations for Ratification

Hose Colour and Markings in Hose and Drogue Systems

STANAG 7218 is currently a Study and the first versions are still under revision