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March 2006 edition

Tanker trials edge closer for EADS boom system

The first aircraft to be equipped with an EADS advanced refuelling boom system, has been rolled out from the company's plant in Madrid, Spain, where it will shortly begin a test programme expected to total 300-400 hours.

The aircraft, an EADS-owned Airbus A310, forms part of a $90 million investment by EADS to develop the boom system. Trials of the ARBS play a key part of the company's five-tanker programme for Australia and a proposal to replace some of the US Air Force's KC-135 aircraft.

The company is scheduled to deliver the first green aircraft for modification for the Royal Australian Air Force this coming May.....

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