UK: new trucks to refuel planes
Vehicle fleet modernization underway, full operational capacity by 2025
The UK Department of Defense has begun modernizing its fleet of refuelling trucks for the Armed Forces' military aircraft. The oldest vehicles will be replaced with 90 new vehicles, according to the Scar Lep program (Small Capacity Aircraft Refuelers Life Extension Project). Full operational capability is expected by 2025.
"The Life Extension Project involves the replacement of current Scar variants with a single 5000 liter Scar vehicle type, which will support air operations in the UK and abroad. Refuelling systems for small capacity aircraft are vital to British military capabilities. The Scars will support our armed forces for up to 15 years", explained Simon Young, air systems manager at Defense Equipment and Support.
Scar systems will be used for refuelling, tank emptying and fuel transfer operations. These are trucks used mainly for the Chinook, Merlin and Apache Mk helicopters in service in the fleets of the Royal Air Force (RAF), the Royal Navy and the British Army. The tanker truck upgrade and modernization program will cost around 50 million pounds.
AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency