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Airbus to deliver A330 MRTT aircraft to Spain, UAE

A330 MRTT aircraft

The defence and aerospace giant has received new orders for its military transport aircraft.

The defence and aerospace giant has received new orders for its military transport aircraft.

The Spanish Ministry of Defence and the United Arab Emirates Air Force & Air Defence have placed orders for new Airbus A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft.

Spain has signed the formal order for the acquisition of three platforms, with the project scheduled to hit initial operating capability (IOC) in 2023 and final operating capability (FOC) in 2025.   

The contract includes the provision of spares, ground support equipment, training and in-service support.


The aircraft, to be converted into military tanker transport at Airbus’ Spanish headquarters in Getafe, Spain, will be equipped with a hose and drogue refuelling system and a specific medical evacuation kit.

The incoming fleet will be operated by the Spanish Air Force 45 Wing, based in Torrejón Air Base (Madrid).

“With the addition of A330 MRTT to its fleet, the Spanish Air Force acquires a key and proven new capability, that will enhance and support overseas operations, as well as medevac missions, on which the aircraft played a key role during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis worldwide,” Jean-Brice Dumont, executive vice president military aircraft at Airbus, said.

Meanwhile, the UAE has ordered two additional Airbus A330 MRTT aircraft, increasing the size of the country’s fleet to five platforms.

Deliveries are scheduled to commence in 2024, with the agreement to include the upgrade of the country’s current A330 MRTT fleet to the latest enhanced version.

Since its entry into service in 2013 with the UAE Air Force, the A330 MRTT has delivered much more than initially expected, meeting our customer’s operational needs,” Bernhard Brenner, executive vice president marketing and sales at Airbus Defence and Space, said.

“This repeat order, added to the growing MRTT customer base, confirms the suitability of our platform as the world’s tanker of reference.”

[Related: Airbus, Northrop Grumman launch joint bid for NATO contract]

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