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Saudi Arabia Buys 2 A330-MRTTs

Mon Feb 12, 2007 10:19 pm

http://www.aero.de/news.php?varnewsid=2571

Saudi Arabia buys airbus refuellers of the type A330-MRTT to page 1/1 PARIS (DPA) - Saudi Arabia has bought two refuellers of the airbus type A330-MRTT for his air force. The contract value lies between 350 and 400 million euros, informed of the French ministry of defence on Monday. The Saudi-French contract has been signed on Monday. Airbus stands with refuellers in competition to Boeing and takes care with US partners also of the equipment of the US air force. A330-MRTT is a combined airplane to the refuelling in the air and to the transport of troops and material. The base is an airbus long-haul aircraft of the type A330 mounted in Toulouse. The machine is equipped in Getafe (Spain).
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RE: Saudi Arabia Buys 2 A330-MRTTs

Mon Feb 12, 2007 10:27 pm

Well Airbus of course must have offered a real, real low price..  Wink
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RE: Saudi Arabia Buys 2 A330-MRTTs

Mon Feb 12, 2007 10:28 pm

1. Interesting price information, is the Pentagon watching?
2. This is just the finalization of a contract that has been talked about before - previous reports IIRC mentioned more tankers and options as well
3. This belongs in the Military Aviation forum

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RE: Saudi Arabia Buys 2 A330-MRTTs

Mon Feb 12, 2007 10:29 pm

Quoting N1786b (Reply 2):
3. This belongs in the Military Aviation forum

Oh s*** you´re right .
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RE: Saudi Arabia Buys 2 A330-MRTTs

Tue Feb 13, 2007 12:12 am

Reuters reports that France has retracted the report and advises that the sale is still being negotiated....
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RE: Saudi Arabia Buys 2 A330-MRTTs

Tue Feb 13, 2007 11:51 pm

Quoting Keesje (Reply 1):
Well Airbus of course must have offered a real, real low price..

We call it competition here in the States.  devil 

In all seriousness, I'm not even sure there was a competition. I haven't read anywhere that there was a competing offer presented by anyone. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
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RE: Saudi Arabia Buys 2 A330-MRTTs

Wed Feb 14, 2007 12:17 pm

Quoting USAF336TFS (Reply 5):
In all seriousness, I'm not even sure there was a competition. I haven't read anywhere that there was a competing offer presented by anyone. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

Was there a competition when the Saudis bought the 72 Typhoon jet fighters?
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RE: Saudi Arabia Buys 2 A330-MRTTs

Wed Feb 14, 2007 1:28 pm

what other a/c does the saudi air force operate?
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RE: Saudi Arabia Buys 2 A330-MRTTs

Wed Feb 14, 2007 11:31 pm

Quoting EBJ1248650 (Reply 6):
Was there a competition when the Saudis bought the 72 Typhoon jet fighters?

Excellent point. I don't see the KC-30 cheerleaders here complaining about competition, or the lack of it, in this instance, do you?
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RE: Saudi Arabia Buys 2 A330-MRTTs

Sat Apr 07, 2007 1:20 am

According to Airbus March Orders (by Flying-Tiger Apr 5 2007 in Civil Aviation)

UAE Air Force (MRTT) x 3
Saudi Arabia Air Force (MRTT) x 2
RAF (MRTT) X 15

A330/A340 production line increasing in 2009.
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RE: Saudi Arabia Buys 2 A330-MRTTs

Fri Apr 20, 2007 7:39 pm

Has the MOD SIGNED FOR 15?

Last I heard it was 9 + 5 and they were still negotiating.
 
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RE: Saudi Arabia Buys 2 A330-MRTTs

Fri Apr 20, 2007 8:39 pm

Quoting USAF336TFS (Reply 8):

Excellent point. I don't see the KC-30 cheerleaders here complaining about competition, or the lack of it, in this instance, do you?

Don't see any "excellence" in this point. Al Yamamah contracts are bilateral in terms of "oil for weapons". If Saudi Arabia felt it suffered a significant disadvantage from choosing a piece of defense technology straight away instead of having a competition, it didn't had to engage in the contract. It is not the fault of the chosen product that apparently other countries were not offered similar conditions or didn't want that kind of contract.

There were lots of arms deals with middle east countries where no competition took place. It most cases, for whatsoever reason, US technology was chosen. If at all, this kind of business conduct is to be blamed on the arms receiver and not on potential contenders, be it US, European or whatever.
 
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RE: Saudi Arabia Buys 2 A330-MRTTs

Sat Apr 21, 2007 8:03 am

Is this a confirmation of the RSAF order of 2 A-330MRTTs from a few months ago, or is this a new order?

What are the Saudias going to do with the fleet of 8 KE-3As (B-707-700KC)?

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