First A330 MRTT for United Arab Emirates Air Force Makes Maiden Flight
Released on Tuesday, April 12, 2011
First Airbus Military A330 MRTT for UAE Air Force makes maiden flight
The crew reported that the aircraft, its systems and two Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines performed entirely satisfactorily during the 2hr 55min flight on 9th April.
As it features some different avionics, and is the first “receiver” to be powered by the Rolls-Royce Trent engine, the UAE A330 MRTT now enters the certification and qualificationphase for these new elements.
The first of three ordered by the UAE AF, it will transfer to Abu Dhabi around the end of theyear for the final phase of flight-testing leading to delivery in the second quarter of 2012.
Prior to this flight, six A330 MRTTs had already flown. Those include three for the RoyalAustralian Air Force (RAAF), two for the UK Royal Air Force, and one for the Royal Saudi Air Force. Two of the aircraft are already technically complete and ready for delivery to the RAAF, pending finalisation of contractual discussion.
The picture shows the first A330 MRTT for the UAE AF landing at Airbus Military´s Getafe base.
MRTT - Multi-Role Tanker Transport
RAAF - Royal Australian Air Force
UAE - United Arab Emirates
UK - United Kingdom
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