Airbus Military has delivered the third of three new generation A330 MRTT multi-role tanker aircraft to the United Arab Emirates Air Force and Air Defense (UAE AF&AD).
The A330 MRTT aircraft will serve at Al-Ain airbase.
Airbus Military derivative programmes vice-president Antonio Caramazana said that the A330 MRTT will contribute greatly to enabling the UAE to play a growing role in maintaining stability in the Gulf region
Powered by two Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines, The A330 MRTT aircraft, which will serve at Al-Ain airbase, is powered by two Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines and features 111t of basic fuel capacity and completed extensive flight-tests in Abu Dhabi.
The aircraft is a military variant of the civilian Airbus A330-200 airliner, and is designed to perform air-to-air refuelling without any additional fuel tanks, as well as cargo, troop transport and medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) missions.
Capable of carrying 256 passengers, the aircraft can be fitted with the company’s aerial refuelling boom system (ARBS) to refuel receptacle-equipped aircraft, Cobham 905E under-wing refuelling pods for probe-equipped aircraft, and a Cobham 805E fuselage refuelling unit (FRU) for large probe-equipped aircraft.
In UAE AF&AD service, the aircraft will be equipped with two underwing refuelling pods, the fly-by-wire Airbus Military Aerial Refuelling Boom System (ARBS), and a Universal Aerial Refuelling Receptacle Slipway Installation (UARRSI) allowing it to be refuelled from another tanker.
The A330 MRTT multi-role tanker aircraft, which are currently in service in Australia, Saudi Arabia, UAE and the UK, can carry 300 troops, or a payload of up to 45t.
The aircraft can be converted to accommodate up to 130 stretchers in MEDEVAC missions.
Image: The UAE Air Force’s first Airbus Military A330 MRTT aircraft during its maiden test flight. Photo © Airbus Military.