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A KC-135 Stratotanker refuels an F-16 Fighting Falcon
The X-45C is expected to become one of an array of global strike solutions, including the F/A-18F Super Hornet, and F-15E Strike Eagle.
an artists rendition of the Joint Unmanned Combat Air System (J-UCAS) X-45C releasing two JDAMs
An F-15E Strike Eagle from the 494th Fighter Squadron at Royal Air Force, is refueled by a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
A KC-135 Stratotanker from the 22nd Air Refueling Wing refuels a B-2 Spirit from the 509th Bomb Wing. The 22nd ARW's primary mission is to provide Global Reach by conducting air refueling and airlift where and when needed.
A modified KC-135 Stratotanker sprays water on an F/A-22 during an airborne ice test here. The Raptor was the first aircraft to use the 'rain and ice tanker' for testing.
A B-1 Lancer negotiates its way to an aerial refueling boom of a KC-135 Stratotanker
July 12, 2005 The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded Boeing an additional US$175 million to continue the X-45C portion of the Joint Unmanned Combat Air Systems (J-UCAS) Capability Demonstration Program, adding a full demonstration of a new Autonomous Aerial Refueling technology and culminating in an in-flight X-45C refueling by a KC-135 tanker in 2010. By adding autonomous refuelling to the X-45’s already scary capabilities , the United States will be able to provide “an even longer sustained, lethal presence in hostile airspace holding enemy forces open to immediate surveillance or destruction."
Read the full article: Unmanned Air Combat X-45C to get Autonomous Aerial Refueling capabilities
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