|in AAR Missions
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Aerial Refuelling Boom System (ARBS)
To refuel receptacle-equipped aircraft such as the F-16 Fighting Falcon, F-35A Lightning II, or even the A330 MRTT itself (when fitted with an UARRSI), the A330 MRTT is provided with the advanced Airbus Defence & Space Aerial Refuelling Boom System (ARBS).
Its fast fuel flow rate (up to a maximum of 3600 kg/min – 1200 US gal/min) makes the ARBS the most capable new generation flight proven Boom available.
Excellent handling qualities are provided for the operation of the ARBS, rated as such by independent assessments.
Under-wing Pods provide simultaneous Hose and Drogue refuelling at high fuel offload rate (1300 kg/min – 420 US gal/min), allowing receivers to minimise refuelling time and increase operation efficiency.
The Cobham 905E Under-Wing Pods, currently in service and proven in operation, enable the A330 MRTT to refuel any NATO or allied Probe-equipped receivers such as the Eurofighter, the Tornado, the Jaguar, the F/A18 Hornet or the Sukhoi 30. The A330 MRTT physical compatibility with receivers across the world is established, demonstrated and certified to allow coalition interoperability.
The 900 series Wing-Pods incorporate a digitally controlled and electrically operated Hose drum unit, optimizing reliability and maintainability.
Fuselage Refuelling Unit (FRU)
Large probe-equipped aircraft such as the A400M or C295, can be refuelled, at a high fuel offload rate of 1800 kg/min – 600 US gal/min via the Cobham 805E Fuselage Refuelling Unit (FRU).
The FRU, a removable Hose and Drogue unit, allows refuelling receivers with a different fuel type. This option assures NATO fuel type to be transferred from Wing-Pods, while an alternative fuel type is dispensed from the FRU.
Those Air-to-Air Refuelling (AAR) systems are controlled from an advanced Fuel Operator Console that is positioned in the cockpit, increasing the safety of the AAR operation by ensuring a timely and synchronized reaction of the flight crew to unexpected events. It also features an Enhanced Vision System, a high definition 2D/3D digital system that enables performing day and night refuelling and can provide high resolution video recording of the refuelling operations.
Furnished with an attractively modern design, the cabin is conceived to ensure optimum seating configurations in every class, maximising capacity and providing airline comfort. These features enable a complete range of configurations, from pure passenger and troop transport to the complex customization required for VIP guests. For example, it can accommodate 266 passengers in a typical two class’s configuration, or some 300 in a single class layout.
The A330 MRTT is capable of carrying a payload of up to 45 tonnes / 99,000 lb. The versatility of the A330 MRTT enables cargo to be conveniently stored within the lower deck in a variety of cargo options covering the full range of existing under floor cargo containers and pallets, ranging from the LD1 to LD3 and LD6, as well as the standard 88×108 inch 463-L NATO military pallets. Some of the cargo can also be carried as non-palletised “bulk”.
The A330 MRTT is also an outstanding strategic aeromedical evacuation (MedEvac) aircraft. Its large fuselage permits maximum flexibility for up to 130 NATO stretchers to be carried over intercontinental distances. In a ‘light medevac’ configuration, medical beds can be installed above designated fold-down seats. This allows the aircraft to be used as a troop transport on an outbound relief mission, with medical beds stowed in the lower cargo compartments, and then rapidly converted for MedEvac on the return. In an ‘Intensive MedEvac’ configuration, critical care modules can be installed to replicate an intensive care unit in the air. The aircraft could typically carry 28 NATO stretchers, up to six critical care modules, 20 seats for medical staff, and 100 passenger seats.
26 February 2013
Initial operating capability (IOC) for Australia’s A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport – which is designated the KC-30A – was announced 26 February 2013 at the Australian International Airshow. From left to right: AIRCDRE Gary Martin, Commander RAAF Air Lift Group– The Honourable Stephen Smith MP, Minister for Defence– and AIRMSHL Geoffrey Brown, Chief of Air Force (Photo credit: Andrew Mclaughlin)Read more
26 February 2013
Australia’s A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport – which is designated the KC-30A in service with the Royal Australian Air Force – has received initial operating capability (IOC) certification, which was announced 26 February 2013 at the Australian International AirshowRead more
09 April 2012
Airbus Military’s A330 MRTT began its service career with the UK Royal Air Force on 8 April 2012 with an initial training sortie performed from the RAF Brize Norton facility – the military service´s primary transport/tanker baseRead more
19 June 2017
The A330 MRTT is the most capable Tanker/ Transporter currently available. It carries more passengers and more freight than any competitor whilst concurrently performing its refueling mission. Also, its tank capacity is sufficient to supply the required fuel quantities without the need for any additional reservoirs.Read more
09 May 2017
Airbus Defence and Space has successfully demonstrated automatic air-to-air refuelling (AAR) contacts with a fighter aircraft from a tanker’s refuelling boom – the first time in the world that this has been done.;_LINE_TERMINATEDFor more info: http://bit.ly/2qmeiRmRead more
20 October 2016
Explore the continuous innovation and latest technologies on board Airbus’ A330 Family aircraft, whose worldwide popularity reached new heights with the milestone delivery of the 1,000th A330 – which was received by Cathay Pacific Airways in July 2013.Read more
28 July 2016
The only new-generation Multi Role Tanker Transport aircraft flying. The A330 MRTT can simultaneously perform three different types of missions: aerial refuelling (tanker role), passenger transport and/or medical evacuation. More information: http://bit.ly/2aySqLrRead more