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AIRBUS A330 TANKER

The Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) is derived from the civil aircraft Airbus A300-200. It is designed as air-to-air refuelling aircraft and also as a transport aircraft.

The A330 MRTT has capacity for 244,713 lb of fuel and 99,208 lb of cargo. The cabin is able to be modified for upto 380 passengers, as a troop transport or for specialised missions.

The A330 MRTT can also be modified for Medical Evacuation (Medevac) missions, with room for up to 130 standard stetchers.

Access to the main cargo deck is through a cargo door and allows stowage of containers and pallets. Two lower cargo compartments are also available.

For long haul missions an optional Crew Rest Compartment can be fitted to the forward cabin of the A330 MRTT.

During January of 2004, it was announced by the MOD that the A330 MRTT would be providing fuel tanking service for the RAF for the next 30 years. On the 27th of March 2008, a deal was signed for the lease of 14 aircraft with the first aircraft to enter service in 2011.

Two versions of the A330 MRTT powered by two Rolls Royce Trent 700 engines will be used, the Voyager KC2 fitted with two Cobham 905E under-wing refuelling pods and the Voyager KC3 fitted with Cobham 805E fuselage refuelling unit as well as the under-wing pods.


Specifications: -
Crew:3
Length:193ft 0in (58.80m)
Wingspan:198ft 0in (60.3m)
Height:57ft 0in (17.4m)
Empty Weight:275,600lb (125000kg)
Max. Weight:514,000lb (233000kg)
Engines (x2):R.R. Trent 772b or
G.E. CF6-80E1A4 or
Pratt & Whitney PW 4168A
producing 72,000 ibf each.
Max. Speed:547 mph (880 km/h)
Range:9,200 miles (14800 km)
Variants: -

A330 MRTT
Airbus A330-200 converted for air-refuelling duties.

KC-30A
Australian designation for an A330 MRTT with two under-wing refuelling pods and an Aerial Refuelling Boom System.

Voyager KC2
Royal Air Force designation for an A330 MRTT with two under-wing pods only.

Voyager KC3
Royal Air Force designation for an A330 MRTT with two under-wing pods and a fuselage refuelling unit.
AIRBUS A330 TANKER
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The A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) is derived from the Airbus A330-200 airliner.

Designed as a dual role for air-to-air refueling and as a transport aircraft.

A330 photographed at the Royal International Air Tattoo at Fairford in 2003.
Photographs © Dave Key, Click thumbnail to enlarge.
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