RSAF begins A330 MRTT flight training

Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) crews have begun flight training on the first Airbus Military A330 MRTT at the company's facilities in Spain.

The two-month training programme will allow the crews to qualify for air logistic transport and air-to-air refuelling with pods and boom.

The multi-role tanker has a basic fuel capacity of 245,000lb, which allows it to undertake air-to-air refuelling missions without additional fuel tanks.

The RSAF A330 MRTT tankers have been configured with hose and drogue under-wing pods and the Airbus Military air refuelling boom system.

The first aircraft will be delivered to the RSAF in mid-November 2011, while the second aircraft is scheduled for delivery in 2012.