Spanish Air Force EF-18 Hornet fighters have been flying with A330 MRTTs before, here they are being refueled during a test flight of a Royal Australian Air Force A330 MRTT (KC-30A) (Image © Airbus Military)

A330 MRTT tankers for Spanish Air Force

Spanish Air Force EF-18 Hornet fighters have been flying with A330 MRTTs before, here they are being refueled during a test flight of a Royal Australian Air Force A330 MRTT (KC-30A) (Image © Airbus Military)
Spanish Air Force EF-18 Hornet fighters have been flying with A330 MRTTs before, here they are being refueled during a test flight of a Royal Australian Air Force A330 MRTT (KC-30A) (Image © Airbus Military)

The Spanish Air Force plans to buy three Airbus A330-200 multi-role tanker-transports (MRTTs) aircraft to start replacing its Boeing KC-707 tankers. One of the country’s highest ranking military men said that during a conference in Seville this week, according to Spanish media.

Ejército del Aire (EA) brigadier general Miguel Angel Martin Perez said the KC-707s are getting old and that he hopes that the aircraft can be ordered next year. However, due to financial problems the official deal for the new A330 MRTTs might have to wait until 2016. It is thus unlikely that the triplets will enter service in 2020, as proposed by the Spanish Air Force top leaders. According to some sources the A330s are even to replace the A310s as Spanish royal family flight.

The EA is such cash-stricken that Spain is planning to mothball-upon-delivery half of the 27 A400M transport aircraft it has ordered, or sell them to another country.

Source: Ejército del Aire / AIRheads↑Fly

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