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A German A400M refuels Rafales in the Gulf. For the first time

(B2) After several hours of flying in hostile territory, the Flurry of the BAP (the planned air base) were refueled on Wednesday (July 17) by a German A400M, during a coalition operation against the Islamic State (Daesh). A small first for the A400M and Franco-German cooperation.

In-flight refueling during Operation Chammal (credit: DICOD / Air Force)

Interoperable device

The A400M can carry up to 50 tonnes of fuel. the Thoughts German is equipped with two flexible underwing nacelles allowing to refuel one to two planes at the same time. Device identical to the French refuellers, but also Italian and American

Support for the Syrian SDF

In-flight refueling, a sort of aerial gas station, allows planes to have " responsiveness, strategic reach and endurance required "to air defense or support missions" Syrian Democratic Forces in Syria and Iraqi Security Forces in Iraq “, indicates the staff of armies.


Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).