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RAF MRTT Credit: Airbus Military
C4i a provider of secure defence communications solutions for land,
air and sea applications has expanded its portfolio of equipment
with the signing of a distributor agreement with leading rugged
equipment supplier Aqeri.
Aqeri, headquartered in Sweden, are a leading European supplier
of computers and IP based communication equipment for extreme
environmental conditions. C4i will represent the Aqeri product range in
the Australian defence market. C4i was selected as preferred supplier by
Aqeri from its strong track record and respect from within the Australian
The Aqeri product range includes COTS and MOTS products which
have been ruggedised for extreme conditions. Products include routers,
switches, computers including laptops and PDAs, phones and monitors.
With many products based upon popular Cisco models.
The Aqeri products are already in use by a number of defence
applications and platforms worldwide, including the SAAB Giraffe radar,
Swedish Navy ships, Indian Missile Launch Control, Italian Frigates and
Singaporean Submarines. These programs are all serving as great examples
for suitability into many upcoming Australian projects such as JP2072, SEA
1442, SEA 1000.
C4i will be displaying a range of Aqeri products at the upcoming MilCIS
and Land Warfare Conference. "The distributor partnership is yet another
indication of C4i's growing strength in the Australian Defence market
and enhances the offerings of the C4i SwitchplusIPTM mobile-dismount,
command post and command centre communications systems. C4i looks
forward to offering and providing these industry proven products into
upcoming defence projects." said Peter Harrison, C4i Australia's Managing
C4i Expands Rugged Equipment Portfolio
The first A330 MRTT Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft (FSTA) for the UK
Royal Air Force has successfully completed its maiden flight from the
Airbus Military facility at Getafe, Madrid following its conversion.
The aircraft, converted from a basic A330-200 by Airbus Military, took
off at 11.41 local time (09.41 UTC) and landed at 13.37 local time (11.37
UTC) after a flight lasting close to two hours (airborne).
Chief Pilot FSTA Tim Butler captained the flight supported by Chief Test
Pilot Eduardo Cuadrado. The engineering team on board included: Test
Flight Engineer Santiago Manso, and Flight Test Engineers Jorge Fuentes
and Alfonso Sopeña.
The crew reported that the aircraft, its systems, and two Rolls-Royce Trent
700 engines performed entirely satisfactorily. As planned, no refuelling
activity was undertaken during this flight.
Tim Butler said: "After this major conversion of the aircraft to a MRTT, it
was very satisfying to find everything working so well. This first flight of
a second version of the A330 MRTT confirms the handling qualities and
maturity of the aircraft."
The flight marks the beginning of a test campaign that will lead to first
delivery to the RAF towards the end of 2011.
Airbus Military Tanker for RAF completes first flight
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