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The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is seeking to develop a Retractable Air-to-Air Refuelling (AAR) System for the Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) program that can support Articulated Probe and Drogue System. DRDO is seeking partnerships with PSUs, Private sector companies from India to execute this program under the Technology Development Fund (TDF) scheme of the Ministry of Defence.

AMCA will get a Retractable refueling probe that is mounted on the front fuselage of the aircraft between station 2 and station 3. The retractable refueling probe will be made up of Probe Nozzle, Weak link, Extension and retraction mechanism, Hydraulic Motor, Probe Light Integrated in the Probe tip, and Drogue light.

DRDO is looking to develop a Retractable Refueling system with a telescopic and actuated mechanism. DRDO has asked interested companies to submit a feasibility study. Both Tejas Mk1/A and Tejas Mk2 will feature fixed Air To Air Refuelling Probes that were developed by UK-based Cobham.

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