Nov 21, 2014
France will acquire twelve A330 MRTT air-to-air refuelling aircraft
The contract with Airbus Defence and Space is already ready for official award. The contract covers the development and qualification of the specific French configuration.
France is the sixth nation to order the A330 MRTT Australia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom which have ordered a total of 34 aircraft. In addition, India and Qatar have selected the MRTT and are in the final stages of contractual negotiations for six and two aircraft respectively. A total of 22 aircraft are currently in service and the aircraft has been battle-proven in recent coalition actions.
In French service the A330 MRTT will be equipped with a combination of Boom System and underwing hose-and-drogue refuelling pods, and will be configured in a variety of layouts carrying up to 271 passengers as well as medevac arrangements.