Airbus begins work on first UAE tanker

written by | April 30, 2010
A330 MRTT conversion work is underway for four customers.
A330 MRTT conversion work is underway for four customers.

Airbus Military has commenced conversion work on the first of three A330 MRTT tankers for the United Arab Emirates, meaning MRTT conversion work is now underway aircraft for the type’s four customers, which also includes Australia, the UK and Saudi Arabia.

Like Australia, the UAE and Saudi aircraft will be configured with a centreline boom and two wing mounted hose and drogue refuelling systems, while the UK’s MRTTs will not have the centreline boom.

Australia’s first two KC-30A tankers are due to be delivered later this year, nearly two years behind schedule.


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  • Bill


    It was mentiond earlier in this piece by, Air Marshal Mel Hupfeld, that the FA-18 Hornet replaced the Mirage fighters. I thought the F-111 ‘Ardvark’ replaced the Mirage jets around 1967 till 1999 such as the Raaf 6th squadron. If my memory serves me correct the aircraft served our country well until they were superseded by the Hornets, which by the way are an exceptional fighter also.

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