|(11)||EP 2 527 256 A3|
|(12)||EUROPEAN PATENT APPLICATION|
|(54)||Aerial refuelling drogue deployment system|
|(57) Systems and methods provide for a drogue deployment system (130) that may be removably attached to a non-tanker aircraft to modify the aircraft for providing aerial refueling operations. Aspects of the disclosure provide a drum unit (132) that may be secured in a cargo area of the non-tanker aircraft and connected to the fuel system (124) of the aircraft. A drogue deployment unit (134) may be removably attached to an external surface of the aircraft fuselage (112) and includes a drogue extension tube (422) that may be selectively deployed outward from the fuselage (112) to provide separation between a refueling drogue (302) and the aircraft. The drogue (302) and corresponding refueling hose (304) may be deployed from a drogue container (424) attached to the drogue extension tube (422) and extended rearward for providing fuel to a receiving aircraft.