Voyager: Proven and cutting-edge technology, delivering a powerful new and flexible capability to the RAF in support of military and humanitarian operations.

A vital capability

RAF Voyager delivers a vital strategic capability to the RAF. Simultaneously able to perform air-to-air refuelling, while also carrying military personnel, passengers and freight, with the capacity for aeromedical evacuation, Voyager re-writes the rule book.

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  • Voyager is the largest aircraft in the RAF fleet with a length of 58.82m, wingspan of 60.3m and height of 17.39m
  • Powerplant: two Rolls Royce Trent 7002b Turbofans each producing 72,000lbs thrust
  • Maximum speed Mach 0.86 (approx.655mph)
  • Maximum range at full cargo and passenger capacity: 4,500 nautical miles (5,200miles)
  • Maximum range full fuel load: 8,000 nautical miles (9,200 miles)
  • Maximum altitude 41,000ft ( 7.8miles or 12.5km)
  • Defence provided through Defensive Aid Suites
  • Crew: two pilots; one AAR Mission Systems Operator; eight cabin crew for air transport

• All aircraft can be fitted with Cobham 905 wing-pods, which are used to refuel fast jets including Typhoon and the Tornado GR4.

• Two aircraft can be refueled at the same time.

• Fuel is dispensed through hoses which can extend to 28m (90ft) when fully trailed.

• The system uses the NATO standard MA4 coupling which ensures fuel is delivered to receiver aircraft at 50 psi.

• The maximum flow from each pod is 1,200kg/minute.

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• Seven aircraft in the fleet can be fitted with the Cobham Fuselage Refuilling Unit (FRU) which gives Voyager a centerline refuelling capability primarily for use in the refuelling of large aircraft.

• The centerline hose is 28m (90ft) when fully trailed.

• The system uses the NATO standard MA4 coupling which ensures fuel is delivered to receiver aircraft at 50 psi.

• The maximum flow from each pod is 1,800kg/minute.

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• 291 single economy class in an eight abreast 2-4-2 configuration

• Standard Airbus civilian seating, featuring a 34inch pitch (leg room)

• Aircraft are fitted with an In Flight Entertainment system

• ‘Long haul’ catering facility.

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• Capable of carrying 43 tonnes of freight.

• All freight is accommodated below deck.

• Automated cargo handling system capable of loading military and civilian cargo containers.

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• Passenger cabin can be configured to provide a 40 stretcher aeromedical evacuation capability.

• Includes two rapidly configurable stretchers.

• And three critical care patient facilities.

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• Fitted with the standard Rolls Royce Trent 772B engines which can generate up to 72,000lbs of thrust.

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• Fly-by-wire technology protects the flight envelope and reduces crew workload.

• Panoramic rear visibility delivered by 10 different cameras giving Pilots and AAR Mission, systems Operators the ability to monitor receiver aircraft. Includes wing-tip to wing-tip day and night view with pan and zoom capability.

• Adapted to include the Mission Systems Console, used by the AAR Mission Systems Operator to direct receiver aircraft when in close AAR formation.

• Mission system features civil and military radios covering HF, VHF and UHF frequency bands and satellite communications. Can provide secure and anti-jam communications if required.

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