Airbus Defence and Space has received an order for an Airbus A330 MRTT Multi Role Tanker Transport, the same type used by the RAF, from Europe’s organisation for the management of cooperative armament programmes – OCCAR – on behalf of NATO Support & Procurement Agency.
The order follows the announcement on of Belgium’s official accession to the European/NATO Multinational Multi-Role Tanker Transport Fleetprogramme, which already consists of Netherlands, Luxembourg, Norway and Germany.
An amendment to the original MMF contract adds the aircraft to the seven previously ordered for the MMF programme. The contract also includes three additional options to enable other nations to join the programme and provides for two years of initial support.
Airbus Head of Sales and Marketing Bernhard Brenner said in a press release:
“The selection of the A330 MRTT for MMF, along with the earlier similar decisions by the United Kingdom and France, will ensure that Europe has the world’s most operationally capable tanker fleet for many years to come.
We encourage other European nations to contribute to MMF in order to maximise the operating and financial advantages of a large fleet based on a common type.”
The programme is funded by the five nations who will have the exclusive right to operate these NATO–owned aircraft in a pooling arrangement. The aircraft will be configured for in-flight refuelling, the transport of passengers and cargo, and medical evacuation flights.