BAE Systems Regional Aircraft Proposes A2R Variant of BAe 146/Avro RJ

BAE Systems Regional Aircraft this week unveiled its proposal for a cost-effective air-to-air refuelling (A2R) variant of the aircraft.


"Lead times are short so service availability can be relatively quick and BAE Systems Regional Aircraft estimates that from go ahead it will take some 18 months to produce a basic specification centreline HDU equipped aircraft available for flight trials."

The standard fit on an Avro RJ85 would include auxiliary fuel tanks, a centreline HDU, lights, cameras and control systems on the flight deck and military communications. Pricing for a completed aircraft will be very competitive. As an example, a late model RJ85 will be around US $5 million for a basic aircraft with perhaps £5-10 million of conversion costs depending on final specification. Optional fits on the aircraft could include a dual HDU installation, defensive aids (missile protection, flight deck armour and fuel tank inerting) and unpaved runway operations.

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