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Refueling truck upgrade improves 48th LRS capabilities, safety

Airman 1st Class Nicholas Kissell, 48th Logistics Readiness Squadron Fuels Distribution operator, controls the flow of fuel from an Isometric R-11 Refueling Truck at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, March 12, 2019. The 48th Fighter Wing is the first to use these trucks operationally in the Air Force after the vehicles were introduced into testing in May 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Malcolm Mayfield)

Airman 1st Class Nicholas Kissell, 48th Logistics Readiness Squadron Fuels Distribution operator, controls the flow of fuel from an Isometric R-11 refueling truck at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, March 12, 2019. The 48th Fighter Wing is the first to use these trucks operationally in the Air Force after the vehicles were introduced into testing in May 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Malcolm Mayfield)

A 48th Logistics Readiness Squadron Fuels Distribution operator returns a fuel hose to an Isometric R-11 Refueling Truck at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, March 12, 2019. The vehicles improve the capabilities of the 48th LRS with advanced safety features and up-to-date hardware. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Malcolm Mayfield)

A 48th Logistics Readiness Squadron Fuels Distribution operator returns a fuel hose to an Isometric R-11 refueling truck at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, March 12, 2019. The vehicles improve the capabilities of the 48th LRS with advanced safety features and up-to-date hardware. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Malcolm Mayfield)

A 48th Logistics Readiness Squadron Fuels Distribution operator prepares to attach a fuel hose to an F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to the 494th Fighter Squadron at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, March 12, 2019. The 48th LRS has integrated an Isometric R-11 Refueling Truck into refueling operations to improve squadron capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Malcolm Mayfield)

A 48th Logistics Readiness Squadron Fuels Distribution operator prepares to attach a fuel hose to an F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to the 494th Fighter Squadron at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, March 12, 2019. The 48th LRS has integrated an Isometric R-11 Refueling Truck into refueling operations to improve squadron capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Malcolm Mayfield)

ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England -- Airmen from the 48th Logistics Readiness Squadron were the first in the Air Force to use the new Isometric R-11 refueling truck operationally since Aug. 13, 2018.

The vehicles improve the safety capabilities of the 48th LRS with advanced safety features and up-to-date hardware. The refueler is equipped with pressure sensors for throttle control, proximity sensors that drastically reduce the chance of collision in tight quarters and a narrower frame which makes it easier to transport.

“This truck helps eliminate potential human errors during the refueling process,” said Staff Sgt. Stuart Deering, 48th LRS Fuels Mobile Distribution non-commissioned officer in-charge. “It has increased safety measures to ensure we can accomplish our mission safely and effectively. Overall, this model is also much easier to use.”

More than a decade went into developing the new refueler, from concept to employment. The Isometric R-11 combines the capabilities of older versions, giving it a diverse skill set and is more cost effective than its predecessor.

“It’s a huge improvement with everything being electronic; fuel flow rate meter, pump and nozzle pressure gauges,” said Airman 1st Class Nicholas Kissell, 48th LRS Fuels Distribution operator. “It’s important that our equipment is up-to-date and ready for use during contingency operations.”

The Isometric R-11’s wide array of skills enhances the units ability to support the 492nd, 493rd and 494th Fighter Squadrons, ensuring the wing’s fleet of aircraft are combat-ready.