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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.

Headline facts

  • 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

  • Wingpods

    • 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.
  • Engines

    • Fitted with the standard Rolls Royce Trent 772B engines which can generate up to 72,000lbs of 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).
  • Fuselage Refueling Unit (FRU)

    • Seven aircraft in the fleet can be fitted with the Cobham Fuselage Refueling Unit (FRU), which gives Voyager a centerline refueling capability primarily for use in the refueling 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 on the centreline is 1,800kg/minute – this is the same as up to 5,100 litres of fuel per minute.
  • Flight Deck

    • 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.
    • Flight deck modified and enhanced 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.
  • Aeromedical

    • Passenger cabin can be configured to provide a 40 stretcher aeromedical evacuation capability.
    • Includes two rapidly configurable stretchers.
    • And three critical care patient facilities.
  • Wingpods

    • 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.
  • Engines

    • Fitted with the standard Rolls Royce Trent 772B engines which can generate up to 72,000lbs of 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).
  • Fuselage Refueling Unit (FRU)

    • Seven aircraft in the fleet can be fitted with the Cobham Fuselage Refueling Unit (FRU) which gives Voyager a centerline refueling capability primarily for use in the refueling 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.
  • Flight Deck

    • 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.
    • Flight deck modified and enhanced 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.
  • Freight

    • 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.
  • Wingpods

    • 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.
  • Engines

    • Fitted with the standard Rolls Royce Trent 772B engines which can generate up to 72,000lbs of 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).
  • Fuselage Refueling Unit (FRU)

    • Seven aircraft in the fleet can be fitted with the Cobham Fuselage Refueling Unit (FRU) which gives Voyager a centerline refueling capability primarily for use in the refueling 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.
  • Flight deck

    • 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.
    • Flight deck modified and enhanced 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.
  • Passenger Cabin

    • 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.
  • Wingpods

    • 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.
  • Engines

    • Fitted with the standard Rolls Royce Trent 772B engines which can generate up to 72,000lbs of 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).
  • Fuselage Refueling Unit (FRU)

    • Seven aircraft in the fleet can be fitted with the Cobham Fuselage Refueling Unit (FRU) which gives Voyager a centerline refueling capability primarily for use in the refueling 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.
  • Flight Deck

    • 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.
    • Flight deck modified and enhanced 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.
  • Aeromedical

    • 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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