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A330 MRTT  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1 June 2011
Maiden Flight: 15 June 2007
Total Production: 64
Unitary Cost: USD$300 million
Also Known As: Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft FSTA, KC-30B, Multi Role Tanker Transport, Phenix and Voyager
Origin: Germany and Spain
Corporations: Airbus Group
Parent System: MRTT
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2004
Total Production: 70
Family Members: A310 MRTT and KC-45A
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Description: The Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft is a derivative of the proven A310-300 and A330-200 airliners modified to perform air refueling and tactical transport missions in support of military forces worldwide. The A330 MRTT is a three points tanker for refueling by means of wing-mounted pods and hose-and-drogue and/or advanced refueling boom systems. Each Airbus A330 MRTT will be able to deliver 65 tons of fuel in its air-to-air refueling role, at a distance of 1,000 miles from base, following up to two hours on station. The A330 MRTT aircraft features greater fuel capacity than A310 MRTT and spacious lower holds to transport larger payloads. All of the fuel is carried entirely within existing tanks in the wing and tail. This leaves the whole cabin free for some 272 seats in the A330 MRTT's troop-transport role, and its entire cargo hold free to carry military equipment on pallets or in containers.

Australia selected the Air Refueling Boom System/ARBS-equipped A330 MRTT aircraft with General Electric CF6-80E1 engines in April 2004. Five A330 MRTTs worth €1.2 billion ($1.5 billion) will be procured by the Australian Air Force to replace aging Boeing 707 tanker aircraft fleet. The Australian Defence Force (ADF) signed the contract with EADS' Military Transport Aircraft Division for five Airbus A330-200 MRTT on December 20, 2004. Qantas Airways was chosen to provide logistics support for the aircraft. Deliveries of Australian A330 MRTTs powered by General Electric CF6-80E1 engines are due to begin in 2008 with conversion work on the first A330-200 jetliner to be carried out by EADS in Europe. Qantas will modify the remaining four aircraft in Australia. Australian companies Australian Aerospace - an EADS subsidiary-, ADI and GKN are also involved in this program. Entry into service is expected in 2009.

Northrop-Grumman announced on 14 March 2005 that Nemesis Directional Infrared Countermeasures (DIRCM) were chosen to safeguard Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF) A330s under a $24 million contract with deliveries expected to begin in January 2007. The United Kingdom selected the A330 MRTT powered by Trent 700 engines for its £13 billion ($23 billion) FSTA program in early 2004. The 27-year FSTA program will replace 19 VC 10s and 9 Tristar aircraft. Recently, France and Airbus have entered negotiations for the purchase of this aircraft intended for the French Air Force. AirTanker was confirmed formally preferred bidder by UK MoD for the FSTA program on February 28, 2005.

A330 MRTT Specifications

Crew: 3
Number of Engines: 2
Passengers: 295
Stretchers: 40
Fuel Dispensing Rate: 5,000 l/min (1,316 gal/min)
Length: 59 meter (194 foot)
Wingspan: 60 meter (198 foot)
Fuel Consumption
Fuel Weight Consumption at Cruise: 6,000 kg/hr
Max Range: 12,500 kilometer (6,749 nautical mile)
Fuel Load: 111 ton (244,709 pound)
Max Takeoff Thrust: 144,000 pound (65,318 kilogram)
Max Takeoff Weight: 230 ton (507,055 pound)
Max Zero Fuel Weight: 168 ton
Payload: 35 ton (77,160 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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A330 MRTT News

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26 Jan 2004 and 30 Jan 2019
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Wednesday, January 30, 2019Republic of Korea Air Force Receives First Airbus A330 MRTT
Thursday, December 13, 2018France Orders Three Additional Airbus A330 MRTT Phenix Tanker Aircraft
Monday, September 3, 2018Republic of Singapore Air Force Takes Delivery of First A330 MRTT Aircraft
Thursday, July 12, 2018Airbus KC-30 and A310 MRTT Perform First Ever Automatic Air-to-Air Refueling Contact
Thursday, March 1, 2018Belgium Orders An Airbus A330 MRTT Aircraft
Monday, September 25, 2017German Air Force Orders Five NATO-Owned Airbus A330 MRTT Tankers
Thursday, September 7, 2017First French Air Force A330 MRTT Phenix Takes to the Skies
Thursday, June 29, 2017Germany and Norway to Join NATO-Owned A330 MRTT Aircraft Fleet
Wednesday, November 16, 2016FMS: Korea Seeks LAIRCM Countermeasures System for Four A330 MRTT Aircraft
Thursday, July 28, 2016Dutch Air Force to Buy up to Eight Airbus A330 MRTT Tanker Transport Aircraft

Operators & Related Equipment

Aircraft utilized by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) under the KC-30B designation. KC-30B is equipped with the EADS' ARBS (Air Refueling Boom System).
Nov 20113
Order announced in May 2009 and cancelled in early 2010 because the Indian government considered the A330 too expensive
Operator of NATO-owned aircraft
Six aircraft ordered in March 2014
Sep 20181
United Arab Emirates3
Feb 20131
United Kingdom14
Jul 20149

Grand Total 6412
Propulsion Systems
Trent 772Bx2
Protection Systems
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