Air-to-Air Refueling

Air-to-Air Refuelling (AAR) is a force multiplier. The AAR Team at the JAPCC provides the hub for material and policy standardisation across NATO member countries and international partners. As the Chairperson of the NATO AAR Working Group, the Air Refuelling Systems Advisory Group’s interoperability panel, and as Co-lead to the US Joint Standardisation Board’s Working Group 5, the JAPCC AAR team focuses on AAR clearance and interoperability to maximize the capabilities of NATO, partner counties, and industry. In this spirit of cooperation, we go beyond the traditional reach of NATO and increase interoperability in the global AAR enterprise.

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The Multinational Multi-Role Tanker Transport Fleet Programme

Relevant for NATO-EU Military Air Transport?
‘Competition has been shown to be useful up to a certain point and no further, but cooperation, which is the thing we must strive for today, begins where competition leaves off.’ Franklin D. Roosevelt During [...]

Aerial Tanking in 2035

A Conceptual Look at Passing Gas
‘In-flight refuelling converts the tactical fighter into a strategic, long-range participant.’ Anthony Mason, Royal Air Force Air Vice Marshal Predicting the future is a tenuous endeavour at best, as there are simply too many variables [...]

Standardizing Automated Air-to-Air Refuelling

Considerations for a NATO Concept of Operations
Researchers have been studying the possibility of refuelling aircraft without a human at the controls for nearly two decades. Finally, that research is coming to fruition. In 2007, an Automated Aerial Refuelling Demonstration (AARD) achieved [...]

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Lieutenant Colonel

Isaiah Oppelaar

Subject Matter Expert 
Air-to-Air Refueling

Lieutenant Colonel Isaiah L. Oppelaar is the Air Mobility Strategist, Joint Air Power Competence Centre (NATO), in Kalkar, Germany. In this role, he executes the JAPCC Program of Work for air mobility including leading the Global Air to Air Refuelling interoperability and compatibility efforts, supporting AIRCOM’s Specialized Heavy Air Refuelling...

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