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Kovatch R-11-6000

Aircraft refueler

Kovatch R-11-6000

The Kovatch R-11 is the primary mobile refueling vehicle of the US Air Force

Entered service 2004
Configuration 6x4
Cab seating 1 + 1 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (empty) ~ 18 t
Tank capacity 23 000 l
Length 11.58 m
Width 2.69 m
Height 2.59 m
Engine International DT466 diesel
Engine power 285 hp
Maximum road speed ~ 90 km/h
Range ~ 600 km
Gradient ?
Side slope ?
Vertical step ?
Trench ?
Fording ~ 0.7 m


   The R-11 aircraft refueler replaced the previous R-9 in service with the United States Air Force. Currently it is the primary mobile refueling vehicle of the USAF.

   The first generation of the R-11 was developed by Oshkosh. It was delivered between 1987 and 1991. It was commonly referred as the Oshkosh R-11. The USAF received a total of 1 250 of these aircraft refuelers.

   The second generation of the R-11 was developed by Kovatch Corporation. This company produces aircraft refuelers and fuel transport vehicles. The second generation R-11 is based on a Volvo chassis. This model is commonly referred as the Volvo R-11. Deliveries of this refueling truck began in 1994.

   The third generation of the R-11 was also developed by Kovatch Corporation. It is based on a Navistar International Model 7400 SBA 6x4 chassis. The company designation of this vehicle is Kovatch R11-6000 This model is commonly referred in the USAF as the International R-11. Deliveries of this aircraft refueler commenced in 2004.

   The Kovatch R-11 refueling truck carries an aluminum tank with 23 000 liters of jet fuel. It is capable to issue fuel at a rate of 2 300 l per minute. It has an electronically-controlled pump. A pumping compartment is located behind the cab.

   This fuel truck has a two-door bonneted cab. The cab accommodates driver and one passenger.

   Vehicle is powered by an International DT466 turbocharged diesel engine, developing 285 hp. It his mated to an Allison 5-speed automatic transmission. The International R-11 refueler has a 6x4 configuration. This vehicle can operate in temperature range from -40C to +52C.


Video of the International R-11 airfield refueling truck

Kovatch R-11-6000

Kovatch R-11-6000

Kovatch R-11-6000

Kovatch R-11-6000

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