The way I see it, we’ve got a few options
Razbam have, at different points, said they’d like to do a C-135FR and a KC-130. The C-135FR is the French KC-135 variant with drogue adapters. The KC-130 is a land based variant of the C-130 equipped with refueling pods on either wing primarily used by the Marines, but also the USAF and USN. No one has shown any models for either, I suspect they got swept aside by the push for the Harrier
Razbam also have super dibs on the A-6 and A-7, both of which could use buddy stores and could offer more give away fuel than the S-3
Razbam are in possession of a KC-130H and KA-6D model from their FSX days.
- ED has a very fine KC-135 model that could either be equipped with wingtip drogue pods, or the dreaded “Iron Maiden” drogue attachment for the flying boom
- ED also possess KC-10 model, which in reality is equipped with separate flying boom and drogue facilities. Said model is older than sin, but then again, so’s the poor S-3B
Here’s your crackpot conspiracy for the day. HB are spending an awful lot of currency on building a very fine looking 80’s CV. There were five aircraft at that point that could operate as tankers organic to a CVW: The KA-6D, KA-3, S-3, A-6 and A-7. One exists, Razbam have dibsies on another three. So clearly Heatblur AI EKA-3B Electric Whale confirmed. You heard it here first, folks.