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Air refueling will be automated

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The upgraded air tankers IL-78-2 (IL-78MD-90А) will be equipped with a proximity control system with the aircraft receiving fuel, according to News.




The crew of the tankers will be able to follow the maneuvering of the aircraft and the docking of the receiving devices with the tanker hose on a special screen. Automation will adjust the mutual position of the boards.

According to the newspaper, "the new refueling control system has passed all stages of ground testing and computer simulation, its flight tests will be conducted on the basis of the upgraded air tanker IL-78-2, which made the first flight of January 25."

“The complex controls dozens of parameters, including the position of the tanker and the aircraft being refueled, the speed and direction of the wind, and other meteodata. Based on this information, an 3D model of the rendezvous and docking process is created with an accuracy of a few centimeters. It is displayed on the screens in the cockpit. The system monitors and corrects the position of the tanker and the aircraft being refueled, ”the report says.

This allows you to safely dock and transfer fuel.

In the case of the introduction of a new approach and docking system, refueling of airplanes in the air will be simplified. The computer will receive flight data simultaneously from the side of the tanker and the aircraft being refueled, match them and provide the pilots with an easy-to-read picture,
Vladimir Popov, deputy editor-in-chief of Aviapanorama magazine, told the newspaper.

He noted that in this case the system of on-board auto pilots will help withstand the favorable convergence regime and the refueling process.

We can say that one more crew member will appear - virtual. Good automation during refueling is a guarantee of flight safety,
added an expert.
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  1. Egorovich
    Egorovich 1 February 2018 11: 20
    +5
    Air refueling is one of the most difficult air operations for pilots, and here everything is simplified to the limit. Super!!! good
    1. vlad66
      vlad66 1 February 2018 12: 19
      +7
      Quote: Egorovich
      Air refueling is one of the most difficult air operations for pilots, and here everything is simplified to the limit. Super!!! good

      Well, of course it doesn’t simplify to the limit, it depends a lot on the skill of the crew, but the simpler the better. hi
  2. Giant thought
    Giant thought 1 February 2018 11: 20
    +3
    But all the same, a lot will depend on the skill of the pilot of the refueling aircraft, but improving the safety of the refueling process in the air can cause only positive emotions.
    1. pjastolov
      pjastolov 1 February 2018 11: 28
      +3
      Quote: Thought Giant
      But still, a lot will depend on the skill of the pilot

      no one denies this, but will simplify the procedure, and this is good good
  3. FID
    FID 1 February 2018 11: 28
    0
    The whole question is what element base will be used in control systems .... Most likely, I do not state, but ... in work most often - maid in tea ...
  4. andrewkor
    andrewkor 1 February 2018 12: 26
    0
    This is the Thing !!?
    1. NN52
      NN52 1 February 2018 13: 43
      +9
      Well, in bombers this additional equipment can be shoved ...
      And in fighter jets where will everyone install it?
      Or this system is only for long-distance ....
  5. Chichikov
    Chichikov 1 February 2018 14: 04
    0
    And a hundred years have not passed ... It has long been time to think about it.
  6. Iline
    Iline 1 February 2018 19: 13
    0
    It also served when the prototype of this system was tested on a Tu-95MS aircraft. They spat for a long time afterwards. The thing is that it is not very difficult to reach the refueling zone in automatic mode. But the docking process itself must be carried out in manual mode, as the evolution of the cone refueling on a flexible hose, as I think, no program is able to predict. This despite the fact that these evolutions occur much faster and more unpredictable than the evolution of aircraft relative to each other.
    And this aircraft is still located in Engels; it can be identified by an excess antenna in the area of ​​the front landing gear.
    1. grandfather_Kostya
      grandfather_Kostya 1 February 2018 23: 43
      0
      It’s time for designers to think about how to make the filling cone manageable, or at least stabilize its chatter.