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.
Work on the prototype aircraft will begin in October 2015, with the first flight scheduled for the end of July 2016. Starting from 2017, all future A330 MRTT customers will be offered this enhanced version, with retrofits being made available to current operators.
The first customer of the A330 Enhanced will be Singapore, according to Antonio Caramazana, VP Head of Military Derivative Programmes, who was quoted as saying by Janes Defence Review on June 10.
Regarding the Indian contract, Caramazana was quoted as saying that “the contract had been held up due to the elections. There is a sense of positiveness”, he said referring to getting the contract concluded early which had already been “fully negotiated and pre-signed”.
Improvements in the A330 Enhanced include upgrades to the mission system, mission planning system, the Aerial Refuelling Boom and the Boom Visual System. Provisions for Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) Mode 5 transponder and the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) tracking system will be among the other upgrades.
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
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
Just weeks before being delivered to the United Arab Emirates, during the flight test of the Airbus A330 Tanker Aircraft the refueling boom fell from the multi-role tanker transport. No one was injured during the incident which occurred while the aircraft was flying between Spain and Portugal
Airbus Military delivered today the first Airbus A330-200 aircraft to Bournemouth, UK-based Cobham Aviation Services for conversion into the Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft (FSTA) configuration for the Royal Air Force (RAF). This aircraft is the third of the 14 A330 MRTTs the Royal Air Force has contracted through AirTanker, a joint venture company also in charge of operating the aircraft
Airbus Military has submitted its bid in response to India’s RFP for a fleet of mid-air refueling tanker aircraft worth an estimated $1 billion. Airbus has pitched its latest generation Airbus A330 multi-role tanker transport (MRTT) while the Russian arms exporting company Rosoboronexport which has offered an improved version of the IL78MKI tanker
Boeing is likely to compete with its new multi-role tanker transport (MRTT) KC-46A Pegasus alongside Airbus and Russian Ilyushin for the Indian MRTT requirement. India has called off the MRTT contest twice so far
Indias US$ 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 Defense and Space, Inmarsat agree to deliver broadband airborne Global Xpress terminals. The agreement secures satcom options for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) operations for aircraft, as well as for the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) domain
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