(November 16, 2021)
The Spanish Ministry of Defense has signed a formal order for the acquisition of three Airbus A330MRTT (Multi-Role Tanker Transport).
Under the terms of the agreement, the return of the first aircraft to transport configuration is expected in a few days with its conversion to MRTT scheduled for 2024.
The handover of the first fully converted aircraft is scheduled for 2023 and the third and final unit in 2025.
The contract covers associated support such as spare parts, ground support equipment, training and in-service support until the end of the contract.
Spanish Air Force (Ejercito del Aire) Airbus A330MRTT (multi-role tanker transport)
The aircraft, acquired from Iberia, will be converted to military refueling at the Spanish headquarters of Airbus in Getafe, Spain. It will be equipped with a state-of-the-art refueling system and a specific medical evacuation kit (MEDEVAC).
The A330 MRTT fleet will be operated by the 45th Wing of the Spanish Air Force, based at Torrejón Air Base (Madrid).
“With the addition of the A330 MRTT to its fleet, the Spanish Air Force acquires a new key and proven capability, which will improve and support operations abroad, as well as medical evacuation missions, on which the aircraft played a key role during the COVID19 pandemic crisis around the world, ”said Jean-Brice Dumont, Executive Vice President Military Aircraft at Airbus.
The high base fuel capacity of 111 tonnes / 245,000 lbs of the successful A330-200 airliner, from which the A330MRTT is derived, allows the aircraft to excel in air-to-air refueling missions without having to need additional fuel tanks.
Thanks to its wide body fuselage, the A330MRTT can also be used as a dedicated transport aircraft capable of carrying up to 300 soldiers, or a payload of up to 45 tonnes / 99,000 lbs.
It can also be easily converted to accommodate Light and Intensive Medical Evacuation Stations (MEDEVAC).
With more than 250,000 flight hours, the A330 MRTT has made 51 deliveries to 13 customers.