EADS begins refuelling craft conversion

EADS CASA has begun work on its contract to convert Airbus A330s into Multi Role Tanker Transport for the Royal Australian Air Force.


EADS CASA has begun work on its contract to convert Airbus A330s into Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) for the Royal Australian Air Force.


EADS CASA will supply five of the air-to-air refuelling aircraft and associated training and support systems under the AUD $1,400 million (€825 million) contract signed at the end of 2004.



The new MRTTs will be capable of refuelling F/A-18, F-111, Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft, among others. The A330 MRTT also has a significant strategic airlift capability, capable of carrying up to 272 passengers and a combination of commercial and military cargo pallets.



“We are very proud the Royal Australian Air Force selected EADS CASA for its very demanding air to air refuelling programme. This is just the beginning of a fruitful and long term collaboration,” said Fernandez Sáinz, Chairman of EADS CASA.



The aircraft will enter service before the end of 2009.