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2 A330 Tankers For Saudi AF  
User currently offlineBreiz From France, joined Mar 2005, 1917 posts, RR: 2
Posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2749 times:

According to AFP news agency, the French Ministry of defense has announced today the order of two A330 tankers by the Saudi AF.
Good for Airbus.

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User currently offlineLHStarAlliance From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2743 times:

Saudi Arabia Buys 2 A330-MRTTs (by LHStarAlliance Feb 12 2007 in Military Aviation & Space Flight)

User currently offlineVenus6971 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1443 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2730 times:

Why? They have 4 barely used KE-3a's come to think about they some hardley used E-3A's.


I would help you but it is not in the contract
User currently offlineBreiz From France, joined Mar 2005, 1917 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2686 times:

Quoting LHStarAlliance (Reply 1):
Saudi Arabia Buys 2 A330-MRTTs (by LHStarAlliance Feb 12 2007 in Military Aviation & Space Flight)

I did a search before posting, but I did it on the military forum while your post was still on the civil one.


User currently offlineVenus6971 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1443 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2654 times:

Big version: Width: 800 Height: 536 File size: 49kb
Here is what they use now , only flown on Sundays by a little old Shiek from Al Kharj . In the background it appears that this pic was taken at Prince Sultan AB



I would help you but it is not in the contract
User currently offlineLumberton From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 4708 posts, RR: 20
Reply 5, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2641 times:

According to this Reuters article, the champagne corks popped too soon:

France flip-flops over Saudi air tanker deal



"When all is said and done, more will be said than done".
User currently offlineBreiz From France, joined Mar 2005, 1917 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2566 times:

Quoting Lumberton (Reply 5):
According to this Reuters article, the champagne corks popped too soon:

France flip-flops over Saudi air tanker deal

Quite right. Morons!


User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12158 posts, RR: 51
Reply 7, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2552 times:

Quoting Venus6971 (Reply 2):
Why? They have 4 barely used KE-3a's come to think about they some hardley used E-3A's.

New tankers for the RSAF makes no sense. The KE-3s they already have are only about 18 years old, and they don't use those to often.

Quoting Breiz (Reply 6):
Quoting Lumberton (Reply 5):
According to this Reuters article, the champagne corks popped too soon:

France flip-flops over Saudi air tanker deal

Quite right. Morons!

Now, a misstep like this makes even less sense. Timing means a lot to the Saudis, if they were not ready to announce a buy of 2 A-330MRTTs, they may just walk away from the deal. This could be a major imbarassment to them, and their image with the US.


User currently offlineFlying-Tiger From Germany, joined Aug 1999, 4165 posts, RR: 36
Reply 8, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2540 times:

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 7):
Now, a misstep like this makes even less sense. Timing means a lot to the Saudis, if they were not ready to announce a buy of 2 A-330MRTTs, they may just walk away from the deal. This could be a major imbarassment to them, and their image with the US.

That info has been floating around for several weeks now, I can remember to have read something about this in early December IIRC. Talk has always been about two or three A330 MRTT, so the press report now is not really this surprising.



Flown: A319/320/321,A332/3,A380,AT4,AT7,B732/3/4/5/7/8,B742/4,B762/763,B772,CR2,CR7,ER4,E70,E75,F50/70,M11,L15,S20
User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12158 posts, RR: 51
Reply 9, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2456 times:

Quoting Flying-Tiger (Reply 8):
That info has been floating around for several weeks now, I can remember to have read something about this in early December IIRC. Talk has always been about two or three A330 MRTT, so the press report now is not really this surprising.

I had not heard that. Was it only reported in the EU? It could have been as a 2 airplane buy, even for military aircraft is not real big news. At least not as big as Anna Nichol Smith dieing and Senator Obama announcing he is running for the POTUS (God help us, Presidential campaines were very painful when they only ran for a year, this one will run for 2 years).

After all, ABC, CBS, NBC, BBC, CBC, CNN, MSNBC, and FoxNews know what is real news.  Confused


User currently offlineFlying-Tiger From Germany, joined Aug 1999, 4165 posts, RR: 36
Reply 10, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2425 times:

http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/contracts_intent/?offset=50

A bit lower there, under "The 2006 Saudi Shopping Spree: More Helicopters from Eurocopter" you find a short hint about the upcoming order.



Flown: A319/320/321,A332/3,A380,AT4,AT7,B732/3/4/5/7/8,B742/4,B762/763,B772,CR2,CR7,ER4,E70,E75,F50/70,M11,L15,S20
User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12158 posts, RR: 51
Reply 11, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2369 times:

Quoting Flying-Tiger (Reply 10):
http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/contracts_intent/?offset=50

A bit lower there, under "The 2006 Saudi Shopping Spree: More Helicopters from Eurocopter" you find a short hint about the upcoming order.

Thank you, Flying-Tiger.


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