Iaf Achieves New Milestone In Air-to-air Refuelling India News
Adding yet another feather to its cap, the Indian Air Force (IAF) on Thursday successfully conducted its first air-to-air refuelling mission using an Embraer aircraft. An IAF’s Embraer transport aircraft, specialised to conduct Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) function, carried out air-to-air refuelling enhancing the aircraft’s endurance.
This was for the first time that mid-air refuelling was carried out by the Embraer.
Exceptional Skills Required
The ‘probe and drogue’ air-to-air refuelling methodology practiced by IAF pilots requires exceptional flying skills as the receiving aircraft has to accurately insert the receptacle probe into the basket shaped drogue trailing behind the fuel tanker aircraft.
During the process of air-to-air refuelling both aircraft have to maintain extremely accurate flying parameters.
The IAF is one of the few air forces in the world to demonstrate this capability and the Embraer AEW&C has also proved its prowess in the category.
A mere 10 minute in-flight refuelling can generate additional four hours of flying endurance. The achievement has given a tremendous boost to Indian Air Force’s operational capability.