Airbus Defence and Space has received a firm order from the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) for three additional A330 MRTT Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircraft.
The aircraft, known as Phénix in French service, constitute the third and final tranche of the multi-year contract for 12 A330 MRTTs signed by the French Ministry of Defence in 2014.
The first of the fleet was formally handed over in October and the remainder will be delivered by the end of 2023 under an accelerated timescale requested by France.
Airbus A330 MRTT is a strategic military transport and aerial refueling tanker aircraft based on the civilian Airbus A330-200 airliner.
In French service the A330 MRTT will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700 turbofan jet engines and equipped with a combination of the Airbus Refuelling Boom System (ARBS) and underwing hose-and-drogue refuelling pods.
The aircraft has a maximum fuel capacity of 111,000 kg (245,000 lb) without the use of additional fuel tanks, which leaves space for the carriage of 45,000 kg (99,000 lb) of additional cargo. The A330 MRTT’s wing has common structure with the four-engine A340-200/-300 with reinforced mounting locations and provision for fuel piping for the A340’s outboard engines.
The A330 MRTT can be configured in a variety of layouts carrying up to 272 passengers as well as MEDEVAC arrangements including the French MORPHEE intensive care module carrying up to ten patients as well as 88 passengers.
The combat-proven A330 MRTT has been ordered by 12 nations which have now placed firm orders for 60 aircraft, of which 34 have been delivered.