The modernization of the first of the KC-135R tanker aircraft in the Turkish Air Force inventory has been completed. In the statement made by the Ministry of National Defense, it was stated that the first modernization of the KC-135R tanker aircraft of the Air Force was received. In the statement made by the ministry, it was stated that the new rank of the pilot was placed on the Atlantic Ocean on the way back,
“Our first KC-135R Block 45 aircraft, whose modernization has been completed, has been received. While our aircraft, which had new features, was on its way back, over the Atlantic Ocean, the pilot of our aircraft was given a new rank. We congratulate our staff who have received a rank and wish them good and successful assignments.” statements were included.
Turkish Air Force's Existing Tanker Aircraft Fleet and New Needs
There are 7 KC-135Rs operated by the Turkish Air Force. The Boeing Model 367-80 (Dash 80) was the first jet aircraft specifically designed for aerial refueling, a prototype for the 707 passenger aircraft and the KC-135 jet tanker.
As it can be understood from the first production date of more than 55 years, KC-135 tanker aircraft are in need of replacement with modern tanker aircraft. Undoubtedly, the KC-46A program initiated by Boeing is the most important proof of this.
When we look at today's Turkish Air Force, the need for tanker aircraft has become clear. Various operations are carried out in Iraq, Syria, Libya and the Eastern Mediterranean. Turkey is obliged to keep the powerful military structure in such a busy environment. The training activity carried out near Libya a while ago and the tanker planes supporting this activity preserve freshness in everyone's memory. With such a deep operation execution, it brings out such needs.
KC-135 Technical Specifications
- Width: 39.7 meters
- Height: 12.7 meters
- Length: 41.5 meters
- Maximum Takeoff Weight: 146.000 kg
- Maximum Refueling Capacity: 90.700 kilograms
- Speed: 853 km / h
- Range: 68.000 km with 2.414 kg of fuel transfer, 17.703 km in unloaded and passenger-free flights
- Power: Four 18.000-pound-thrust P&W TF-33-PW-102 turbofan engines, four 22.000-pound thrust GE F-108 turbofan engines
- Capacity: 4 crew, 62 soldiers
- Maximum Altitude: 50.000 feet