Airbus, an EADS and BAE Systems joint company, has delivered the first two
Airbus A310 Multirole Tanker Transport (MRTT) air-to-air refueling aircraft to
the German Air Force and Canadian Air Force during a ceremony in Dresden,
date, six Airbus A310 MRTT aircraft have been ordered by Germany (4) and Canada
(2) to perform in-flight refueling, passenger and cargo transport. The A310 MRTT
is based on the Airbus A310 passenger aircraft, which was first converted to
combine passenger and cargo carrying capabilities in the Multirole Transport (MRT)
version. Following a second modification, adding in-flight refueling
capabilities, the Airbus A310 MRT aircraft became the A310 MRTT.
The Airbus A310 MRTT is specially suited to perform air refueling using
hose/drogue fuel pumping system for all military aircraft such as Tornado,
Eurofighter and F/A-18. A310 MRTT is a conversion package being offered by a
consortium of Airbus and Lufthansa Technik (LHT). Three A310s will be converted
to MRTTs at Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW) in Dresden and the other three at LHT
facilities in Hamburg.
The Airbus A330 MRTT is a similar solution based on the proven Airbus 330 long
range passenger aircraft, but specifically designed for customers that require a
greater payload, range and endurance. This solution has been chosen by the
United Kingdom and Australia. Recently, France has entered negotiations to
purchase the A330 MRTT air refueling/transport aircraft.
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