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Airbus A310 MRTT

Aerial refueling and transport aircraft

Airbus A310 MRTT

The Airbus A330 MRTT is a multi-role military aircraft converted from commercial airliner

 
 
Entered service 2004
Crew 3 - 4 men
Dimensions and weight
Length 47.4 m
Wing span 43.9 m
Height 15.8 m
Weight (empty) 114 t
Weight (maximum take off) 164 t
Engines and performance
Engines 2 x General Electric CF6-80C2 turbofans
Traction 2 x 262 kN
Maximum speed 978 km/h
Cruising speed ~ 880 km/h
Service ceiling 12.5 km
Range 8 900 km
Range (with maximum payload) 6 300 km
Ferry range 10 560 km
Payload
Maximum payload 41.6 t
Troops 214 men
Cargo compartment dimensions ?
Refueling capability
Fuel capacity (maximum) 28 t

 

   The A310 MRTT is a converted military version of the commercial A310 airliner, made by European multinational aerospace corporation, Airbus. The abbreviation, MRTT, stands for Multi Role Tanker Transport, which perfectly explains this aircraft. It can be employed as a cargo, or troop transport aircraft, or aerial refuel tanker. The A310 MRTT made its first flight in 2003. This aircraft has been adopted by the German Air Force (Luftwaffe). Four out of seven operational A310 military cargo aircraft were converted to MRTT configuration. The first aircraft was delivered in 2004. The A310 MRTT was first used operationally in 2009 during a deployment of three Eurofighter Typhoons from Germany to India. Canada also operates to similar multi-role aircraft, called CC-150 Polaris. It has been reported that Pakistan has also ordered an MRTT capability for its A310 aircraft.

   During conversion of standard A310 airliners, the military version was fitted with two underwing aerial refueling pods. It is also fitted with additional fuel tanks with a combined fuel capacity of 28 t, and other associated equipment. Wings and floor of the aircraft were reinforces. This aircraft is capable of day and night refueling. As an aerial tanker it has a similar fuel capacity to the US KC-135R.

   In the cargo and troop transport role the Airbus A310 MRTT can carry 214 passengers. It can also carry various combinations of both passengers and cargo. The cargo can be stored on the main deck and in the lower deck cargo holds. This aircraft can be also used as VIP transport. The only significant drawback of the A310 MRTT is that it can not land on rough airstrips due to its commercial nature.

   Production of commercial Airbus A310 airliners is now completed. However operational A310 aircraft can be refurbished, militarized and converted to MRTT configuration.

   It is worth noting that Royal Canadian Air Force also operates a similar multi-role aircraft, called CC-150 Polaris. It converted two of their five operational A310 aircraft to MRTT configuration. These were converted in the same way as the German aircraft. First aircraft was delivered to the Royal Canadian Air Force in 2004.

   Later the Airbus developed a larger A330 MRTT multi-role military aircraft, based on the A330 civil airliner. This aircraft proved to be more successful and received much more orders.

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 
Airbus A310 MRTT

Airbus A310 MRTT

Airbus A310 MRTT

Airbus A310 MRTT

Airbus A310 MRTT


 
Airbus A310 MRTT

Airbus A310 MRTT

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