This video shows how a military aircraft can refuel, mid-flight.

Using virtual reality combined with the real equipment, the exhibit at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) event, is focused on how the capabilities of ‘nose to tail’ Air-to-Air Refuelling systems have evolved.

Air-to-Air Refuelling is the process of transferring aviation fuel from one military aircraft to another during flight, enabling the aircraft to remain in the sky for longer. It’s all about being as efficient as possible.

Forces Radio BFBS’ Mike Howarth tried out the simulator with Michael Burke, one of the Key Account Directors from Cobham Mission Systems, to discover how the process works, and how they have been able to develop it.

“We can very accurately, and we have now done that, very accurately model what the hose does in real time.”

This demonstration took place at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) event which brings together the global defence and security sector to innovate and share knowledge and helps develop relationships between 34,000 key industry players.

BAE Systems consider the DSEI to be a crucial part of how their company works.

"… we see over the week of the show more customers than you could see traveling around the world in one month, so it really is an important show for us and we will definitely be back."

Another exhibit allowed visitors to get up close and personal with a tank simulator known as the Turret Demonstrator and Trainer.

In September 2015, the first turreted AJAX prototype was unveiled at DSEI. Work on building the first AJAX vehicles will begin next year and the 40mph machines will become the first fully-digital armoured fighting vehicle in UK military history.

AJAX Armoured Vehicle 3 Div Combined Arms Manoeuvre Demonstration Salisbury Plain Training Area 2016 Defence Imagery
AJAX provides a step-change in the Armoured Fighting Vehicle capability being delivered to the British Army

Mike Howarth met Ian Harris, the Business Development Manager at Lockheed Martin UK, to take the controls.

“You’ll see the various turrets we are working on with the British Army on their two programmes, the AJAX programme, the recce vehicle. Secondly on the upgrade programme of the Warrior Infantry Fighting Vehicle.”

The main exhibition will run for four days from 12-15 September.

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