Singapore today confirmed its decision to buy the Airbus's A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft as a replacement to its ageing Boeing KC-135R air refuelling tankers.
Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen told parliament of the decision to acquire the MRTT but did not say how many the country will buy. But various reports suggest the city-state wants to buy six MRTT aircraft in a contract worth an estimated one billion euros ($1.4 billion).
By 2030, "our current KC-135 aerial tankers will have been replaced by the Airbus A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport, which we have decided to acquire," Ng said during a debate on the country's budget.
"The MRTT, or Airbus A330, can hold 20 percent more fuel than our current KC-135s and will extend the range of our fighters through air-to-air refuelling," he said.
"The Airbus A330 can also double up as a cargo and troop-lift aircraft to deploy troops and equipment to overseas sites further away as we have done in HADR (humanitarian and disaster relief) operations."
IHS Jane's Defence Weekly says Airbus has won orders for the MRTT from the air forces of Australia, Saudi Arabia, Britain and the United Arab Emirates.
Boeing's KC-135, which began flying for the US Air Force in the 1950s, provides mid-air refuelling services for long-range bombers, fighters and cargo aircraft.
Boeing in 2011 beat its European rival for an estimated $30 billion contract to replace the US Air Force's ageing fleet of KC-135 tankers with the newer KC-46 aircraft, with the first deliveries expected in 2017.
Airbus has delivered the Republic of Singapore Air Forces (RSAF) first A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) which will replace its 20 year old Boeing KC-135 aircraft. The aircraft made its first official public appearance on Saturday 1 September 2018 at the RSAFs 50th anniversary parade
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