The RAF Voyager, or Airbus A330 MRTT (Image © Elmer van Hest)

Contract for shared European tankers to be signed in July

A contract for four Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft shared by the Netherlands, Norway, Luxembourg and Poland is to be signed next July during the Farnborough Airshow. That’s the news that emerged on Wednesday 20 April during a media briefing at the European Air Transport Command (EATC) in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

The aircraft will be based at Eindhoven and carry Dutch military registration numbers. A Memorandum of Understanding is to be signed first in Warzaw during a NATO summit.

The fleet should increase to eight aircraft at a later stage. EATC will be responsible for tasking the aircraft and optiziming their use. The aircraft should also operated from Forward Operating Bases in Norway and Poland.

More about European Air Transport Command and the current European Air-to-Air Refueling Training (EART) at Eindhoven airbase follows soon, here at See here for a report on last year’s EART.

© 2016 editor Elmer van Hest