Italian Air Force C-27J plays key role in FARP advanced refueling system tests

Italian C-27J air drop
Italian Air Force C-27J conducts air drop of FARP (Forward Arming and Refueling Point) system.

During the recent FIT (Force Integration Training) and Tende Scaglia 2020 exercises, the Aeronautica Militare (Italian Air Force) tested some of the precious capabilities that allow the increase in the operational efficiency of its HH-101 helicopters.

The tests included the air drop of special aviation fuel containers (containing non-flammable liquids for this phase) and represented a further step forward in the development of the FARP (Forward Arming and Refueling Point) system.

Together with the air refueling capability, the FARP system allows the armed force to increase the operational efficiency in the conduct of Special Operations, Personnel Recovery, Search and Rescue (SAR) and in the rescue of the civilian population, ensuring the availability of fuel even in isolated areas.

Basically, the FARP allows ground refueling of aircraft even in semi-permissive environments, where it is impossible to reach the refueling point with vehicles.

The operation can be done in different ways: with engines off or on (cold/hot refueling), day or night with the use of NVG (Night Vision Goggles), with pressure or gravity drop systems, in favor of a single or multiple assets.

The C-27J aircraft played a key role in this activity by launching the FARP through CDS (Cargo Delivery System) mode. CDS allows the Spartan to launch pallets or containers from the rear ramp during flight, which is a very important feature for military cargo aircraft.

Written by Matteo Sanzani
Source, Images: Italian Air Force

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