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Airbus A330 MRTT

Aerial refueling and transport aircraft

Airbus A330 MRTT

The Airbus A330 MRTT is a multi-role military aircraft

 
 
Entered service 2011
Crew 3 men
Dimensions and weight
Length 58.8 m
Wing span 60.3 m
Height 17.4 m
Weight (empty) 125 t
Weight (maximum take off) 233 t
Engines and performance
Engines 2 Rolls-Royce Trent 772B or General Electric CF6-80E1A4 or Pratt & Whitney PW 4170 turbofans
Traction 2 x 320 kN
Maximum speed 880 km/h
Cruising speed 860 km/h
Service ceiling 13 km
Range ?
Range (with maximum payload) ?
Ferry range 14 800 km
Payload
Maximum payload 100 t
Standard payload 45 t
Troops 291 men
Cargo compartment dimensions ?
Refueling capability
Fuel capacity (maximum) 111 t
Fuel capacity (standard) 65 t

 

   The A330 MRTT is a military version of the civilian A330 airplane, made by European multinational aerospace corporation, Airbus. The abbreviation, MRTT, stands for Multi Role Tanker Transport, which perfectly explains this aircraft. The A330 MRTT can be employed as a cargo or troop transport aircraft, or aerial refuel tanker. This military aircraft made its first flight in 2007. Since 2011 at least 26 of these aircraft were produced. It is used by 4 different countries. The Royal Australian Air Force has 5 of them (KC-30A), the Royal Saudi Air Force has 6, the United Arab Emirates Air Force currently have 3, while the biggest A330 MRTT fleet is a part of the British Royal Air Force. France, Singapore and South Korea have also ordered this aircraft. A few more countries are interested to obtain this military aircraft.

   The British Royal Air Force employ versions, that are locally called Voyager KC2 and Voyager KC3. Currently there are 12 of them, while there are more aircraft on order. It is planned for the RAF to use these planes for the next 3 decades.

   The United States made an offer for purchasing Airbus A330 MRTT variant, specially modified to fit their needs. The prototype was called KC-45, but they cancelled the deal before it went to the production. However, the US might still be interested in this aircraft, same as India, Netherlands, etc.

   The reason why this aircraft is in demand is simple. Many countries need a powerful military aircraft, capable of caring a lot of load. The Airbus A330 MRTT has a capacity for 291 passengers and 8 military pallets, as well as two lower deck containers; the total weight of it can be more than 100 t. Alternatively this aircraft can serve as a refueling tanker with a maximum fuel capacity of 111 t. When carrying 65 t of fuel, this aircraft has a range of 1 852 km, plus it can fly 2 hours on station.

   A single Airbus A330 Multirole Tanker Transport is estimated to cost around $200 Million.

  

 
Airbus A330 MRTT

Airbus A330 MRTT

Airbus A330 MRTT

Airbus A330 MRTT

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