A400M Spotted With AAR Pods

SHAH ALAM: A400M spotted with AAR pods. Since I wrote about the AAR pods with RMAF Airbus A400Ms I have been trying to get pictures of them in flight. I even went out waiting around Subang airport in late February hoping to catch the A400Ms flying with them. After spending several days trying to get the pictures without even seeing one A400M I gave up.

So it was a nice surprise to find out today that I finally got the picture I was looking for during the last four months. I was spotting around Subang this morning (July 3) trying to get pictures of the flypast rehearsal for the RMAF anniversary parade (July 5) when I spotted an A400M taking off. I immediately squeezed off a few shots and did not think much about it.

RMAF M54-04 taking off from Subang. Note the AAR pods on both wings.

It was only after downloading the files into my computer that I realised that the A400M, RMAF’s fourth one – M54-04 – was carrying the Cobham AAR pods on its wings. The pictures are not perfect though but I think they are good enough.

A rear of M54-04 clearly showing the Chobham pods on the wings.

From Cobham website.

The 908E WDE and 808E HDU are highly developed fifth generation refuelling systems which incorporate a common control and monitoring system to provide a reliable and cost effective solution

A RMAF Hawk Mk 208 being refuel by the A400M. 25th Hawk Anniversary FB.

RMAF has not officially announced its conducting AAR qualifications with the A400Ms but pictures of these have been posted on social media pages already. I am guessing as the A400M and Hornets are supposed to go to Australia for Pitch Black 18 next week, 18 Sqdn are being qualified or already green lighted to refuel in-flight on the Airbus airlifter as well.

A RMAF Hornet and C-17 comes together in this picture at Butterworth airbase on June 29, 2018

Yes I know some other spotter might have posted the same picture weeks ago but I always try to get my own pictures if its possible. And today was my lucky day.

— Malaysian Defence

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