RAF Voyager, an Airbus Military new generation Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft, brings a transformative operational capability to the UK Armed Forces, delivering new efficiency and flexibility.
With a 111 tonne fuel capacity it has impressive range. Translated into operational capability Voyager could remain on station for five hours at a refuelling point of 930km (500nm or 580 miles) away and still have capacity to offload 60 tonnes of fuel to receiver aircraft.
That the MRTT can perform its air-to-air refuelling role simultaneously with transport tasking, is indicative of the powerful new missions and operational capability that Voyager delivers to the RAF.
There are two types of Voyager: the KC2, with two Cobham 905 under-wing pods, used for refuelling fast jets, for example the Typhoon and the Tornado GR4; and the KC3, which is also capable of carrying the Cobham Fuselage Refuelling Unit (FRU) to create a centreline refuelling capability, primarily for use in the refuelling of large aircraft.
Able to refuel two receiver aircraft from its wing pods simultaneously, Voyager gives the RAF a large capacity two-point tanking capability for the first time, with a maximum flow from each wing pod of 1,200kg/minute and 1,800kg/minute on the centreline.