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A330 MRTT

A330 MRTT

The 21st Century Benchmark for New Generation Tanker/Transport aircraft

The most capable new-generation tanker, with unique multi-role capabilities and combat-proven now. Based on the successful A330-200 airliner, the A330 MRTT is The Benchmark for new-generation multi-role tankers.

Orders & deliveries
Total Orders 56
Total Deliveries
29
Total in Operation
29

A330 MRTT – 3 missions in 1

Refuelling Mission

Refuelling Mission

The A330 MRTT can carry up to 111 tonnes of fuel; this is the highest capacity of all tanker aircraft, even those which have additional fuel tanks in the cargo deck. It has the capacity of offloading 50 000 kg of fuel to a broad range of receivers during a 4-hour loitering mission at over 1 000 nm from its take-off point.

Transport

Transport

The A330 MRTT can carry a maximum payload of up to 45 tonnes, combining the passenger cabin and the lower deck: Up to 300 Passengers, MedEvac cabin layout with 40 stretchers, 20 seats for medical staff and 100 passengers, Up to 37 tonnes of cargo in the lower deck. 27 LD3 containers or 8 military pallets

Deployment Mission

Deployment Mission

Another typical mission is the deployment of fighter aircraft over a long distance. The A330 MRTT can support the deployment of 4 fighter aircraft plus 50 personnel and 12 tonnes of freight (luggage, spare parts and equipment) in one direct flight over 5200 km, e.g. from Europe to Afghanistan.

Key figures

in AAR Missions
97% success rate
Flight Hours
More than 125,000
Acquired by 8 leading customers around the world
Missions
3 Missions in 1

Refuelling systems

The A330 MRTT is the most effective tanker based on its unmatched fuel capacity that allows it to offload more fuel at any given distance than any competitor. More fuel on-board means more flexibility, more range and longer time on station. This enormous fuel capacity allows the A330 MRTT to act as a force multiplier, thus, improving the efficiency and effectiveness of fast jets operations.

Aerial Refuelling Boom System (ARBS)

To refuel receptacle-equipped aircraft such as the F-16 Fighting Falcon, F-35A Lightning II, or even the A330 MRTT itself (when fitted with an UARRSI), the A330 MRTT is provided with the advanced Airbus Defence & Space Aerial Refuelling Boom System (ARBS).

Its fast fuel flow rate (up to a maximum of 3600 kg/min – 1200 US gal/min) makes the ARBS the most capable new generation flight proven Boom available.

Excellent handling qualities are provided for the operation of the ARBS, rated as such by independent assessments.

Under-Wing Pods

RAF 10 Sqn Voyager Tanker Air-Air refuelling RAF Tornado GR4 from 617 & 12 Sqn and EF Typhoon from 3 & 6 Sqn.

Under-wing Pods provide simultaneous Hose and Drogue refuelling at high fuel offload rate (1300 kg/min – 420 US gal/min), allowing receivers to minimise refuelling time and increase operation efficiency.

The Cobham 905E  Under-Wing Pods, currently in service and proven in operation, enable the A330 MRTT to refuel any NATO or allied Probe-equipped receivers such as the Eurofighter, the  Tornado, the Jaguar, the F/A18 Hornet or the Sukhoi 30. The A330 MRTT physical compatibility with receivers across the world is established, demonstrated and certified to allow coalition interoperability.

The 900 series Wing-Pods incorporate a digitally controlled and electrically operated Hose drum unit, optimizing reliability and maintainability.

Fuselage Refuelling Unit (FRU)

Large probe-equipped aircraft such as the A400M or C295, can be refuelled, at a high fuel offload rate of 1800 kg/min – 600 US gal/min via the Cobham 805E Fuselage Refuelling Unit (FRU).

The FRU, a removable Hose and Drogue unit, allows refuelling receivers with a different fuel type. This option assures NATO fuel type to be transferred from Wing-Pods, while an alternative fuel type is dispensed from the FRU.

Those Air-to-Air Refuelling (AAR) systems are controlled from an advanced Fuel Operator Console that is positioned in the cockpit, increasing the safety of the AAR operation by ensuring a timely and synchronized reaction of the flight crew to unexpected events. It also features an Enhanced Vision System, a high definition 2D/3D digital system that enables performing day and night refuelling and can provide high resolution video recording of the refuelling operations.

Multi-role strategic transport with global reach

With its true wide-body fuselage, the A330 MRTT is ideal to carry any kind of military or humanitarian payload on strategic missions.

Furnished with an attractively modern design, the cabin is conceived to ensure optimum seating configurations in every class, maximising capacity and providing airline comfort. These features enable a complete range of configurations, from pure passenger and troop transport to the complex customization required for VIP guests. For example, it can accommodate 266 passengers in a typical two class’s configuration, or some 300 in a single class layout.

The A330 MRTT is capable of carrying a payload of up to 45 tonnes / 99,000 lb. The versatility of the A330 MRTT enables cargo to be conveniently stored within the lower deck in a variety of cargo options covering the full range of existing under floor cargo containers and pallets, ranging from the LD1 to LD3 and LD6, as well as the standard 88×108 inch 463-L NATO military pallets. Some of the cargo can also be carried as non-palletised “bulk”.

The A330 MRTT is also an outstanding strategic aeromedical evacuation (MedEvac) aircraft. Its large fuselage permits maximum flexibility for up to 130 NATO stretchers to be carried over intercontinental distances. In a ‘light medevac’ configuration, medical beds can be installed above designated fold-down seats. This allows the aircraft to be used as a troop transport on an outbound relief mission, with medical beds stowed in the lower cargo compartments, and then rapidly converted for MedEvac on the return. In an ‘Intensive MedEvac’ configuration, critical care modules can be installed to replicate an intensive care unit in the air. The aircraft could typically carry 28 NATO stretchers, up to six critical care modules, 20 seats for medical staff, and 100 passenger seats.

Media

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18 December 2017

A330 MRTT RAAF

RAAF KC-30A MRTT flies over Japan’s Mount Fuji during one of its operational deployments to Guam

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25 September 2017

Germany and Norway place firm order for fleet of five NATO-owned Airbus A330 MRTT tankers

Germany and Norway place firm order for fleet of five NATO-owned Airbus A330 MRTT tankers

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25 September 2017

Germany and Norway place firm order for fleet of five NATO-owned Airbus A330 MRTT tankers

Germany and Norway place firm order for fleet of five NATO-owned Airbus A330 MRTT tankers

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07 September 2017

A330 MRTT French Air Force First Flight

A330 MRTT French Air Force First Flight

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07 September 2017

A330 MRTT French Air Force First Flight

A330 MRTT French Air Force First Flight

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03 October 2016

A330 MRTT Multi Role Tanker Transport take-off

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28 July 2016

Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (A330 MRTT) aircraft refueling

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15 December 2015

Photo montage of A330 MRTT refuelling two Rafale

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29 September 2015

A330 MRTT RAAF refueling F-16

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26 February 2015

First air-to-air refuelling of the Airbus A400M from the A330 MRTT

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26 February 2015

Take-off of A330 MRTT Multi Role Tanker Transport

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27 February 2013

A330 MRTT Royal Saudi Air Force

The no. 1 A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport for Saudi Arabia was formally accepted into the Royal Saudi Air Force fleet during a dedication ceremony held 25 February at Riyadh Airbase

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26 February 2013

A330 MRTT IOC

Initial operating capability (IOC) for Australia’s A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport – which is designated the KC-30A – was announced 26 February 2013 at the Australian International Airshow. From left to right: AIRCDRE Gary Martin, Commander RAAF Air Lift Group– The Honourable Stephen Smith MP, Minister for Defence– and AIRMSHL Geoffrey Brown, Chief of Air Force (Photo credit: Andrew Mclaughlin)

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26 February 2013

A330 MRTT takeoff

Australia’s A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport – which is designated the KC-30A in service with the Royal Australian Air Force – has received initial operating capability (IOC) certification, which was announced 26 February 2013 at the Australian International Airshow

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04 May 2012

A330 MRTT RAF Refuelling A400M

A330 MRTT RAF Refuelling A400M

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04 May 2012

A330 MRTT RAF Refuelling A400M

A330 MRTT RAF Refuelling A400M

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09 April 2012

Airbus A330 MRTT first flight in RAF service

Airbus Military’s A330 MRTT began its service career with the UK Royal Air Force on 8 April 2012 with an initial training sortie performed from the RAF Brize Norton facility – the military service´s primary transport/tanker base

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28 February 2012

A330MRTT-formation

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA, Three Airbus Military A330 MRTTs (Multi Role Tanker Transports) destined for different customers fly in formation in the skies above Spain

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19 June 2017

A330MRTT AMUG

The A330 MRTT is the only new-generation Multi Role Tanker Transport aircraft fully certified, in operational service and combat proven now.

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19 June 2017

A330 MRTT

The A330 MRTT is the most capable Tanker/ Transporter currently available. It carries more passengers and more freight than any competitor whilst concurrently performing its refueling mission. Also, its tank capacity is sufficient to supply the required fuel quantities without the need for any additional reservoirs.

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09 May 2017

Airbus Achieves Automatic Air-to-Air Refuelling Contact

Airbus Defence and Space has successfully demonstrated automatic air-to-air refuelling (AAR) contacts with a fighter aircraft from a tanker’s refuelling boom – the first time in the world that this has been done.;_LINE_TERMINATEDFor more info: http://bit.ly/2qmeiRm

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20 October 2016

A330: The right aircraft, right now

Explore the continuous innovation and latest technologies on board Airbus’ A330 Family aircraft, whose worldwide popularity reached new heights with the milestone delivery of the 1,000th A330 – which was received by Cathay Pacific Airways in July 2013.

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28 July 2016

A330 MRTT - Multi Role Tanker Transport aircraft

The only new-generation Multi Role Tanker Transport aircraft flying. The A330 MRTT can simultaneously perform three different types of missions: aerial refuelling (tanker role), passenger transport and/or medical evacuation. More information: http://bit.ly/2aySqLr

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09 February 2016

A330 MRTT

The A330 MRTT is the only new-generation Multi Role Tanker Transport aircraft fully certified, in operational service and combat proven now. For more info: http://bit.ly/17XtVAK

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10 November 2015

A330 MRTT The Most Capable Tanker Transport

For More Information: http://bit.ly/17XtVAK

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30 October 2015

Airbus Defence and Space at Dubai Airshow 2015

Experience the latest Airbus Defence and Space technology from November 8th till November 12th.; For more information: http://bit.ly/1MK8dU9

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