Second RAF A330 MRTT Completes Maiden Flight

The second A330 multirole tanker transport (MRTT) future strategic tanker aircraft (FSTA) for the Royal Air Force (RAF) has completed its maiden flight, following its conversion.

The A330, converted from a basic A330-200 by Airbus Military, flew for two hours during its first flight and its two Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines performed satisfactorily.

Featuring a wide-body fuselage, the A330 MRTT can also be used as a transport aircraft to carry 300 passengers or a payload of 45t (99,000lb).

The A330 is equipped with air-to-air refuelling systems including an advanced military aerial refuelling boom system (ARBS), a pair of under-wing hose and drogue pods and a fuselage refuelling unit.

Airbus Military obtained military certification for A330 MRTT from the Spanish military certification authority Instituto Nacional de Tecnologia Aerospacial (INTA) on 5 October.