Qatar has ordered two Airbus A330 MRTT new generation air-to-air refueling aircraft for the Qatar Emiri Air Force, Airbus Defence and Space reported on Thursday 27 March. Qatar´s choice of the A330 MRTT makes it the seventh nation to select the MRTT as its tanker aircraft.
Qatar follows Australia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom which have ordered a total of 34 aircraft, and India which is in the final stages of contractual negotiations for six aircraft. A total of 17 aircraft are currently in service.
The Airbus Defence and Space A330 MRTT is derived from the successful A330-200 airliner, and has a 111 tonnes/ 245,000 lb basic fuel capacity, enabling it to perform air-to-air refueling missions without the need for any additional fuel tank. It is also used as a pure transport aircraft able to carry up to 300 troops, or a payload of up to 45 tonnes/99,000 lb.
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