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A330MRTT (Airbus, Europe)
The A330 Multi-Role Transport Tanker aircraft has been designed on basics of the commercial A330-200 wide-body aircraft. It has been purchased by the United-Kingdom under their program called Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft. In 2004 the Royal Australian Air Force ordered 5 aircraft. Later, Airbus received orders from the United Arabian Emirates and Saudi-Arabia. In March 2008 the British Air Force ordered 14 A330MRTT aircraft.
The A330MRTT is in service by countries like:
8. United Arabian Emirates
9. United Kingdom
The first A330MRTT was delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force on June 1st 2011.
India is in the negotiation for ordering 6 A330MRTT's aircraft for its air force.
KC-30 / KC-45
The A330MRTT, designated as KC-30 was offered by Northrop Grumman and EADS to the US Air Force as successor of the current KC-135 Stratotanker fleet. With a possible order for 179 tankers it was one of the largest competition in the US Air Force history. The competitor is Boeing which offers the Boeing KC-767 Advanced tanker. Northrop-Grumman and EADS won the contract on February 29th, 2008.
The KC-45 differs from the European A330MRTT in that it will be made for 60% by US companies. The engines will be made by General Electric. The aircraft will be build on a new plant in the United States.
|Last updated: 10 May 2015|