Saudi Arabia Purchases Three A330 MRTT from EADS CASA

Released on Monday, January 7, 2008
Saudi Arabia
CASA - Construcciones Aeronauticas SA
EADS - European Aeronautic Defence and Space
FSTA - Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft
MRTT - Multi-Role Tanker Transport
UAE - United Arab Emirates
UK - United Kingdom
The Saudi MODA has decided the acquisition of the A330 MRTT as the new air-to-air refuelling aircraft for its Royal Saudi Air Force as a result of the competition process started in early 2006.

Following the contract signed with the Royal Australian Air Force, and after being nominated preferred bidder for the Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft (FSTA) in the UK and selected by the UAE Air Force and Air Defence, the Saudi decision consolidates the A330 MRTT position as the most advanced and capable air to air refuelling aircraft in the market. EADS CASA, responsible for the design and production of the MRTTs, is positioned as a key worldwide supplier in the field of tanking and transport aircraft.

This order is for three (3) aircraft, equipped with under-wing pods and the EADS CASA Advanced Refuelling Boom System.

"The acquisition of this EADS CASA product by this important customer proves again our capabilities in the field of air-to-air refuelling. This is a step forward in the consolidation of EADS as a benchmark for state-of-the-art air refuelling systems", said Carlos Suárez, Chairman of EADS CASA and Head of Military Transport Aircraft Division of EADS.

EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2006, EADS generated revenues of € 39.4 billion and employed a workforce of about 116,000. The Group includes the aircraft manufacturer Airbus, the world's largest helicopter supplier Eurocopter and EADS Astrium, the European leader in space programmes from Ariane to Galileo. EADS is the major partner in the Eurofighter consortium, develops the A400M military transport aircraft, and holds a stake in the joint venture MBDA, the international leader in missile systems.

Source: Saudi MODA places order for EADS A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) for the future air-to-air refuelling aircraft of the Royal Saudi Air Force

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