Air Transport and Air-to-Air refuelling
RAF air defence and other fixed wing operational aircraft are supported by a force of tanker aircraft. An air-to-air refuelling capability is a major asset to any air force enabling aircraft to be deployed very quickly over large distances, to stay on patrol longer, and to fly further into enemy territory carrying larger weapon loads. Equally vital to the projection of effective air power by a modern air force are strategic and tactical transport aircraft. Combat aircraft need a wide variety of support equipment and personnel to operate away from base, delivering these to where they are needed is the task of these aircraft:
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