UAE receives third Airbus tanker/transporter

Aug. 12, 2013 at 2:21 PM
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MADRID, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- An Airbus Military A330 MRTT multi-role tanker/transport has been delivered to the United Arab Emirates, the last of three ordered.

The A330 MRTT for the country's air force features a fly-by-wire aerial refueling boom system and a universal aerial refueling receptacle slipway installation for refueling from another tanker.

It has a 245,000-pound basic fuel capacity.

As a transport, it can carry as much as 99,000 pounds of cargo and 300 troops.

The UAE intends to use its A330 MRTTs for aerial refueling of its F-16E/F Block 60 and Mirage 2000 fighters.

"It is deeply satisfying to see the completion of these deliveries to the UAE AF&AD [Air Force & Air Defense]," said Airbus Military Vice President of Derivative Programs Antonio Caramazana. "The A330 MRTT will contribute greatly to enabling the UAE to play a growing role in maintaining stability in the [Persian] Gulf region."

The A330 MRTT, which is converted from the A330 commercial jet, is now operated by four countries.

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