Sin­ga­pore se­lects Air­bus A330 MRTT, firm or­der for six air­craft

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE -

Air­bus De­fence and Space has been selected by Sin­ga­pore to sup­ply six A330 MRTT new gen­er­a­tion air-to-air re­fu­elling air­craft for the Repub­lic of Sin­ga­pore Air Force (RSAF). The air­craft will be de­liv­ered un­der the terms of a firm con­tract which has al­ready been signed.

Sin­ga­pore’s choice of the A330 MRTT makes it the sixth na­tion to se­lect the type fol­low­ing Aus­tralia, Saudi Ara­bia, the United Arab Emi­rates, and the United King­dom which have or­dered a to­tal of 28 air­craft, and In­dia which is in the fi­nal stages of con­trac­tual ne­go­ti­a­tions for six air­craft. A to­tal of 17 air­craft are cur­rently in ser­vice with the first four na­tions.

The A330 MRTT is de­rived from the highly suc­cess­ful A330 commercial air­liner and proven in-ser­vice as a tanker/trans­port with multi-role ca­pa­bil­ity.

Air­bus De­fence and Space Head of Mil­i­tary Air­craft, Domingo Ureña Raso said: “We are greatly hon­oured by the se­lec­tion of the A330 MRTT by Sin­ga­pore. The de­ci­sion con­firms the A330 MRTT’s sta­tus as un­ques­tion­ably the world’s most ad­vanced tanker/trans­port air­craft as well as its pre-em­i­nent suit­abil­ity for the Asi­aPa­cific re­gion.”

The Air­bus De­fence and Space A330 MRTT is the only new gen­er­a­tion strate­gic tanker/trans­port air­craft fly­ing and avail­able to­day. The large 111 tonnes ba­sic fuel ca­pac­ity of the suc­cess­ful A330-200 air­liner, from which it is de­rived, en­ables the A330 MRTT to ex­cel in air-to-air re­fu­elling mis­sions with­out the need for any additional fuel tank.

The A330 MRTT is of­fered with a choice of proven air-to-air re­fu­elling sys­tems in­clud­ing an ad­vanced Air­bus De­fence and Space aerial re­fu­elling boom sys­tem, and/or a pair of un­der­wing hose and drogue pods, and/or a fuse­lage re­fu­elling unit.

Thanks to its true wide-body fuse­lage, the A330 MRTT can also be used as a pure trans­port air­craft able to carry up to 300 troops, or a pay­load of up to 45 tonnes. It can also eas­ily be con­verted to ac­com­mo­date up to 130 stretch­ers for med­i­cal evac­u­a­tion.

To-date, a to­tal of 28 A330 MRTTs have been or­dered by four cus­tomers (Aus­tralia, Saudi Ara­bia, the United Arab Emi­rates, and the United King­dom), with one (Saudi Ara­bia) hav­ing al­ready placed a re­peat or­der.

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