Airbus Defence and Space has won a contract from Qatar for two A330 MRTT new generation air-to-air refuelling aircraft for the Qatar Emiri Air Force.
Qatar becomes the seventh nation to select the A330 MRTT following Australia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom which have ordered a total of 34 aircraft. India is in the final stages of contractual negotiations for six aircraft. A total of 17 aircraft are currently in service with the customer nations.
The A330 MRTT is derived from the highly successful A330 commercial airliner and proven in-service as a tanker/transport with multi-role capability.
The Airbus Defence and Space A330 MRTT is the only new generation strategic tanker/transport aircraft flying and available today. The large 111 tonnes/ 245,000 lb basic fuel capacity of the successful A330-200 airliner, from which it is derived, enables the A330 MRTT to excel in air-to-air refuelling missions without the need for any additional fuel tank. The A330 MRTT is offered with a choice of proven air-to-air refuelling systems including an advanced Airbus Defence and Space Aerial Refuelling Boom System, and/or a pair of under-wing hose and drogue pods, and/or a Fuselage Refuelling Unit.
Thanks to its true wide-body fuselage, the A330 MRTT can also be used as a pure transport aircraft able to carry up to 300 troops, or a payload of up to 45 tonnes/99,000 lb. It can also easily be converted to accommodate up to 130 stretchers for Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC). To-date, a total of 34 A330 MRTTs have been ordered by five customers (Australia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom), with one (Saudi Arabia) having already placed a repeat order.
Singapore has selected Airbus Defence and Space to supply six A330 MRTT new generation air-to-air refuelling aircraft for the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF). Singapores choice of the A330 MRTT makes it the sixth nation to select the type following Australia, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom which have ordered a total of 28 aircraft, and India which is in the final stages of contractual negotiations for six aircraft
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
The Saudi Ministry of Defence and Aviation (MODA) has ordered three additional A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) for the Royal Saudi Air Force, bringing its total order to six aircraft. Saudi had signed a first contract for three back in 2008
South Korean Air Force will get its first Airbus A330 MRTT Aerial refueling tanker by the middle of the current month allowing it to increase the operational radius of its fighter aircraft. The aerial refueling tanker will undergo acceptance tests for one month after delivery to confirm quality requirements specified for weapons and equipment delivered to the military have been met, a military official was quoted as saying to the Yonhap news agency
Indias US$ 1.4 billion (INR 9,000 crore) project to acquire six Airbus-330 mid-air refueling aircraft or tankers has been put on hold after the government referred the deal to the defense ministrys vigilance department for clearance
The NATO Support Agency (NSPA) an NATO Support Organisation and the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR) signed a joint agreement to launch the acquisition phase of the Multinational Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) Fleet (MMF) under the lead of the Netherlands on November 21. Participating in the signing ceremony was the NSPA General Manager Mike Lyden and Tim Rowntree, OCCAR Director, along with Rini Goos, Deputy Chief Executive, European Defence Agency (EDA)
Airbus Defence and Space (ADS) will sell India an improved variant of the A330-200 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft, the contract for which has been “fully negotiated and pre-signed”, an Airbus executive was quoted as saying by Janes Defence review. Named as the ‘The A330 MRTT Enhanced, the aircraft features improvements to the aerodynamics, structure, and mission computer
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