Air-to-Air Refuelling

Cobham Introduces Virtual Refuelling at Paris Air Show 2017

Simulator Demonstrates Real-Time Hose and Drogue Dynamics

PARIS - Cobham introduces Virtual Refuelling (VR), a new simulation solution which can uniquely demonstrate accurate real-time hose and drogue behaviour in a synthetic Air-to-Air Refuelling (AAR) environment. 



This VR capability is being demonstrated at the Paris Air show using a desk top virtual reality simulator. Users are able to assume the role of a fighter pilot within a computer generated aerial refuelling and scenario experience how the extended hose and drogue would realistically respond upon contact in-flight.


Virtual Refuelling uses high fidelity hose and drogue performance models which capture the interactions of all the components within Cobham's wing pod and centreline systems.  These models play a significant role in the design of new AAR systems from concept to certification. Any number of different inflight scenarios or systems configurations can be tested to accurately predict how a system will respond.  This allows Cobham to validate and verify new AAR systems before they are built and flight tested. This delivers the key benefit of reducing technology and commercial risk.


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As the world's leading supplier of critical control solutions, we help our customers to increase the safety and mission capabilities of their personnel and equipment in extreme environments.


Our proven and trusted solutions in air-to-air refuelling, life support, weapons carriage and unmanned systems, deliver assured performance and class-leading through-life costs that enable our customers to bring complex projects to market quickly, and with minimal risk.


About Cobham

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Cobham is a leading global technology and services innovator, respected for providing solutions to the most challenging problems, from deep space to the depths of the ocean. We employ more than 11,500 people on five continents, and have customers and partners in over 100 countries, with market leading positions in: wireless, audio, video and data communications, including satellite communications; defence electronics; air-to-air refuelling; aviation services; life support and mission equipment.



James Kemmitt
Cobham Mission Systems
Product Management Director
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