[Video] French EC-725 Caracal combat helicopters refuel from Italian KC-130J

A stunning video shows HAAR (Helicopter Air-to-Air Refueling) from several unusual points of view.

From Apr. 7 to Apr. 11, 2014, the Eurocopter EC-725 Super Cougar (“Caracal”) of the Escadron d’Hélicoptères 1/67 “Pyrénées” from Cazaux have been involved in an aerial refueling campaign with an Italian Air Force KC-130J from the 46^ Brigata Aerea based at Pisa.

And the following video, filmed by the French Air Force’s Sirpa Air shows the French helos plugging into the Super Hercules‘s basket.


This is not the first time the French Caracals train for HAAR with the Italian Air Force KC-130J: the type performed the qualification with the Italian Hercules back in September 2010.


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