Aerial Tanking in 2035

Aerial Tanking in 2035 A Conceptual Look at Passing Gas By Lieutenant Colonel Edwin Markie, Jr., USA AF, JAPCC ‘In-flight refuelling converts the tactical fighter into a strategic, long-range participant.’ Anthony Mason, Royal Air Force Air Vice Marshal1 Predicting the future is a tenuous endeavour at best, as there are simply too many variables to…

Standardizing Automated Air-to-Air Refuelling

Standardizing Automated Air-to-Air Refuelling Considerations for a NATO Concept of Operations By Steve McLaughlin, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) By Mark Pilling, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) By Phillip ‘PD’ Weber, Coherent Technical Services Inc. (CTSi) By Ba Nguyen, Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) Introduction Researchers have been studying the possibility of refuelling aircraft without…

Better Together

Better Together First Ever Air-to-Air Refuelling Clearance Request/Approval Training and Table Top Exercise By Major Victoria Thomas, USA AF, JAPCC ‘Because we live in times with new security threats, with instability, and we don’t need more instability. We don’t need less cooperation in Europe; we need more.’ NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg1 Introduction In July…

JAPCC Supports 6th Straight NATO Refuelling Planning Course

JAPCC Supports 6th Straight NATO Refuelling Planning Course Poggio Renatico, 17 March 2017. The JAPCC again supported NATO’s Specialized Heavy Air Refuelling Course (SHARC). Lt Col Markie, the newest Air-to-Air Refuelling (AAR) Subject Matter Expert at JAPCC attended as a student while Maj Thomas taught her third course. The course’s 18 openings were filled by Spain,…

A400M: Europe’s Interoperability Poster Child? – A Heavily Critiqued European Program Leads the Way for Allied Interoperability and Crisis Response Capability

A400M: Europe’s Interoperability Poster Child? A Heavily Critiqued European Program Leads the Way for Allied Interoperability and Crisis Response Capability By Major Victoria Thomas, USA AF, JAPCC Introduction Air-to-Air Refuelling (AAR) has quickly surfaced on the lists of many Nations and multilateral organisations as a major defence capability area needing attention. In 2011, the European…

NATO and EU Jointly Conclude 1st-Ever Table Top Exercise on Air-to-Air (AAR) Clearance Request/Approval Training

NATO and EU Jointly Conclude 1st-Ever Table Top Exercise on Air-to-Air (AAR) Clearance Request/Approval Training Eindhoven, NLD, 23-25 January 2017. Successful transfer of fuel in mid-air is a risky business requiring agreements, known as ‘clearances’, between the entities that own the receiver and the tanker. The JAPCC, in conjunction with several other agencies, is working to streamline…

Double Counting or Counting Double?

Double Counting or Counting Double? The Future of NATO’s Tanker Transport Fleet By Major Chad Taylor, USA AF, JAPCC Introduction NATO nations are in the process of a much needed modernisation of their Air Transport (AT) and Air-to-Air Refuelling (AAR) fleets, and in many cases, are choosing airframes that can perform both missions. For strategic…