View Full Version : Air-To-Air Refuel Regs

Noah Body
12-16-2008, 10:25 PM
This might be a bit of an arcane question to ask, but what's the usual setup range for an A/R engagement? I'm used to helicopters being refueled from USAF/USMC C-130s, but I'm looking into an A/R scene involving fast movers getting some go-juice before heading off into battle. In my former life, this stuff would occur pretty much when the pitchers and receivers could link up away from the battlespace, but I recall in 1991 the USAF was extremely annoyed when one of its KC-10s was conducting a refuel operation while Army arty rounds were passing through the same airspace in response to a tacfire mission. I do believe there was discussion about rewriting the tactics to preclude A/R missions from occurring no closer than 66NM from the forward line of troops, which would put the refuelers well in the rear. Is there someone out there who knows what the real deal is currently?


12-16-2008, 10:59 PM
DOD now has software in place to task everyone (including artillery) their flight path, refueling, etc.

Noah Body
12-16-2008, 11:00 PM
I'm sure that's correct. :)