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A RAAF F/A-18 Classic Hornet (front) and a United States Navy E/A-18G Growler take on fuel from a KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport off the coast of Guam during Exercise Cope North Guam 15.


The 21st century benchmark for new generation tanker/transport aircraft

As the most capable new-generation tanker, combat-proven and with unique multi-role capabilities, the A330 MRTT 鈥 based on the successful A330-200 airliner 鈥 is the benchmark for multi-role tankers.

As a new-generation tanker, the A330 MRTT is a perfect replacement for older aircraft under fleet replacement programmes. With 60 total aircraft sales as of February 2019, the A330 MRTT has been ordered by the Royal Air Force,聽French Air Force and聽Republic of Korea Air Force, among others. Named Voyager in service with the Royal Air Force, the aircraft entered into service in the UK in 2012. The first French Air Force A330 MRTT Ph茅nix (as it is known in the French service) was delivered to the Istres air base in south-eastern France, in 2018.聽

Orders & deliveries
Total Orders 60
Total Deliveries
Total in Operation

A330 MRTT 鈥 Three missions in one

Refuelling mission

Refuelling mission

The A330 MRTT can carry up to 111 tonnes of fuel; this is the highest capacity of all tanker aircraft, even those with additional fuel tanks in the cargo deck. It has the capacity of offloading 50,000 kg of fuel to a broad range of receivers during a four-hour loitering mission at over 1,000 nm from its take-off point.



The A330 MRTT can carry a maximum payload of up to 45 tonnes, combining the passenger cabin and the lower deck: up to 300 passengers; MedEvac cabin layout with 40 stretchers, 20 seats for medical staff and 100 passengers; up to 37 tonnes of cargo in the lower deck; 27 LD3 containers or eight military pallets.

Deployment mission

Deployment mission

Another typical mission is the deployment of fighter aircraft over a long distance. The A330 MRTT can support the deployment of four fighter aircraft plus 50 personnel and 12 tonnes of freight (luggage, spare parts and equipment) in one direct flight over 5,200 km, e.g. from Europe to Afghanistan.

Key figures
In air-to-air refuelling (AAR) missions
97% success rate
Flight hours
More than 125,000
Acquired by Eight leading customers around the world
Three missions in one

Refuelling systems

The A330 MRTT is the most effective tanker based on its unmatched fuel capacity that allows it to offload more fuel at any given distance than any competitor. More fuel on-board means more flexibility, more range and longer time on station. Its enormous fuel capacity allows the A330 MRTT to act as a force multiplier, improving the efficiency and effectiveness of fast jets operations.

Aerial Refuelling Boom System (ARBS)

To refuel receptacle-equipped aircraft such as the F-16 Fighting Falcon, F-35A Lightning II, or even the A330 MRTT itself (when fitted with a Universal Aerial Refueling Receptacle Slipway Installation, UARRSI), the A330 MRTT is provided with the advanced AG真人计划 Defence and Space Aerial Refuelling Boom System (ARBS).

Its fast fuel flow rate (up to a maximum of 3,600 kg/min 鈥 1,200 US gal/min) makes the ARBS the most capable new-generation flight-proven boom available.

Excellent handling qualities are provided for the operation of the ARBS, rated as such by independent assessments.

Under-wing pods

RAF A330 MRTT Air-Air refuelling Eurofighter Typhoon

Under-wing pods provide simultaneous hose and drogue refuelling at high fuel offload rate (1,300 kg/min 鈥 420 US gal/min), allowing receivers to minimise refuelling time and increase operation efficiency.

The Cobham 905E聽under-wing pods, currently in service and proven in operation, enable the A330 MRTT to refuel any NATO or allied probe-equipped receivers such as the Eurofighter, the聽Tornado, the Jaguar, the F/A18 Hornet or the Sukhoi 30. The A330 MRTT physical compatibility with receivers across the world is established, demonstrated and certified to allow coalition interoperability.

The 900 series wing-pods incorporate a digitally controlled and electrically operated hose drum unit, optimising reliability and maintainability.

Fuselage Refuelling Unit (FRU)

Large probe-equipped aircraft such as the A400M or C295 can be refuelled at a high fuel offload rate of 1,800 kg/min 鈥 600 US gal/min via the Cobham 805E Fuselage Refuelling Unit (FRU).

The FRU, a removable hose and drogue unit, allows refuelling receivers with a different fuel type. This option ensures NATO fuel type is transferred from wing-pods, while an alternative fuel type is dispensed from the FRU.

Those air-to-air refuelling (AAR) systems are controlled from an advanced Fuel Operator Console that is positioned in the cockpit, increasing the safety of the AAR operation by ensuring a timely and synchronised reaction of the flight crew to unexpected events. It also features an Enhanced Vision System, a high definition 2D/3D digital system that enables performing day and night refuelling and can provide high resolution video recording of the refuelling operations.

Multi-role strategic transport with global reach

With its true widebody fuselage, the A330 MRTT is ideal to carry any kind of military or humanitarian payload on strategic missions.

Furnished with an attractively modern design, the cabin is conceived to ensure optimum seating configurations in every class, maximising capacity and providing airline comfort. These features enable a complete range of interior configurations, from pure passenger and troop transport to the complex customisation required for VIP guests. For example, it can accommodate 266 passengers in a typical two-class configuration or some 300 in a single-class layout.

The A330 MRTT is capable of carrying a payload of up to 45 tonnes/99,000 lb. The versatility of the A330 MRTT enables cargo to be conveniently stored inside the lower deck in a variety of cargo options covering the full range of existing under-floor cargo containers and pallets, ranging from the LD1 to LD3 to LD6, as well as the standard 88脳108 inch 463-L NATO military pallets. Some of the cargo can also be carried as non-palletised 鈥渂ulk.鈥 Commercial containers and pallets as well as military equipment and other large items are loaded through a cargo door.

The A330 MRTT is also an outstanding strategic aeromedical evacuation (MedEvac) aircraft. Its large fuselage permits maximum flexibility for up to 130 NATO stretchers to be carried over intercontinental distances. In a 鈥渓ight medevac鈥 configuration, medical beds can be installed above designated fold-down seats. This allows the aircraft to be used as a troop transport on an outbound relief mission, with medical beds stowed in the lower cargo compartments, and then rapidly converted for MedEvac on the return. In an 鈥淚ntensive MedEvac鈥 configuration, critical care modules can be installed to replicate an intensive care unit in the air. The aircraft could typically carry 28 NATO stretchers, up to six critical care modules, 20 seats for medical staff and 100 passenger seats.

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