European Air Refueling Training 2017
Eindhoven Air Base
'EART' : 4th European Air Refueling Training exercise 2017
This exercise is an initiative taken by the European Defense Agency (EDA).
And supported by the European Air Transport Command (EATC) with his headquarters at Eindhoven Air Base.
Exercises 'Frisian Flag' and 'EART' are combined during 2 weeks.
This exercise (EART 2017) was hosted by the Netherlands at Eindhoven Air Base from 26 March to 7 April with four nations participating. EART 2017 brought together tankers from Germany, the Netherlands, Italy and France for a two week training exercise.
- German Air Force : Airbus A310-304 MRTT 'MULTI-ROLE-TRANSPORT-TANKER / 10+24 / 'COBO42'
- RNAF - local 334 squadron : McDonnell Douglas (K)DC-10 / T-235 / 'TEXACO41'
- French Air Force : Boeing C-135FR 'STRATOTANKER' (F for France) / 31-CA / 'MARCOT44'
- Italian Air Force : Boeing KC-767A / 14-03 (62228) / 'GULF43'
This kind of exercise is necessary to know each others tanker capacities + the need for training missions concerning AAR (Air-to-Air Refueling).