Airbus has just received an order of delivering two additional Airbus A330 Multirole Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft to the United Arab Emirates Air Force & Defence. This will increase the UAE’s MRTT fleet to five aircraft. However, the deliveries will only start by 2024. It is worth taking into account that this agreement is also going to cover the upgrade of the country’s current A330MRTT fleet to the latest enhanced version.
“Since its entry into service in 2013 with the UAE Air Force, the A330 MRTT has delivered much more than initially expected, meeting our customer’s operational needs. This repeat order, added to the growing MRTT customer base, confirms the suitability of our platform as the world’s tanker of reference”, said Bernhard Brenner, Executive Vice President Marketing and Sales at Airbus Defence and Space.
The A330 MRTT combines the advanced technology of a new generation tanker with the operational experience established over more than 250,000 in-service flight hours. The A330 MRTT is interoperable with receivers worldwide and delivers true multi-role capabilities, proven most recently during the recent MEDEVAC and strategic transport missions during the COVID-19 crisis.