langue en Airbus Group North America - 19/08/2013

A330 MRTT Refueling Tanker Compilation

EADS' demonstrated capability in aerial refueling is highlighted in a compilation video. This includes missions with Australia's no. 1 A330 MRTT, which used its advanced Aerial Refueling Boom System (ARBS) and hose & drogue pods to refuel NATO receiver aircraft.

Having received its supplemental type certificate from European civil certification Authority EASA in March 2010 and military certification from Spanish Authority INTA in October, the Airbus Military A330 MRTT is the only new generation strategic tanker/transport aircraft flying and available today. The large 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 refueling missions without the need for any additional fuel tank. The A330 MRTT is offered with a choice of proven air-to-air refueling systems, including an advanced Airbus Military 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 also can be used as a pure transport aircraft, able to carry 300 troops or a payload of up to 99,000 lbs. It also can easily be converted to accommodate up to 130 stretchers for Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC). To-date, a total of 28 A330 MRTTs have been ordered by four customers (Australia, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom), with one (Saudi Arabia) having already placed a repeat order.