EADS announced that the Australian Ministry of Defense Selected Airbus/EADS'
A330 MRTT (Multi-Role Tanker Transport) aircraft to meet Australian Defence
Australia will acquire five A330 MRTT aircraft to replace its aging Boeing 707
based tanker fleet. The A330 MRTT is a derivative of proven Airbus A330 airliner
and the Australian variant will be equipped with a flying boom air-to-air
This selection includes two contracts worth €1.2
billion ($1.5 billion) to be negotiated between the parties, EADS, Qantas
Defence Services and the Australian authorities. This selection also includes
life/logistics support for a period of 20 years. The first A330 MRTT aircraft is
due to be delivered to the Australian Air Force in 2007.
The A330 MRTT can be equipped with flying boom and hose and drogue air refueling
technology. The United Kingdom also selected A330 MRTT aircraft for its FSTA
program earlier this year with negotiations between the parties to be ended
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