First KC-135 arrives for Rivet Joint conversion for RAF
Following the decision to procure Rivet Joint as the replacement for the Nimrod R1, the first aircrew from No. 51 Squadron RAF Waddington deployed to commence operational conversion training on United States Air Force (USAF) Rivet Joint aircraft.
Testing puts LAIRCM on target to protect tankers
One of the most common threats in the war in Afghanistan is the Man-portable Air Defense System (MANPAD), usually in the form of shoulder-fired infrared missiles. Without any countermeasures, large, slow-moving aircraft were susceptible to attack by such means.