Watch: Nato Airbus 330 conducts first air-to-air refuelling test

The moment a Nato Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft refuelled in mid-air for the first time has been captured on film. 

Air-to-air refuelling trials are being carried out by the MRTT and Nato's E-3A Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) as the first step to getting technical and operational clearance for the aircraft to work operationally. 

Based on the civilian Airbus A330, the European aerial refuelling and military transport aircraft will provide a vital air-to-air refuelling capability for Nato forces on long-range air missions.

Jan Der Kinderen, NSPA (Nato Support and Procurement Agency) and MMF (Multinational MRTT Fleet) manager, said: "This is an important milestone for the alliance and a great collaboration effort across many organisations.

"For the first time, both the receiver and tanker are Nato-owned assets.

"Once we obtain the certification, the MRTT will be able to conduct aerial refueling operations with the AWACS, extending the reach of the 'Nato's Eyes in the Sky' missions."

The MMF was initiated in 2012 by the European Defence Agency (EDA) and comprises of six Nato nations (Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Belgium, Norway and Czech Republic) who have agreed to co-operate with strategic transport capabilities, air-to-air refueling, and medical evacuations.

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