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Re: A330MRTT Orders, Production And Testing

Sat Feb 24, 2018 5:21 pm

Hmmm,

dark,
not so dark,
three shades of grey,

all images showing the same aircraft. Possibly slightly darker than the average military grey.
 
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Wed Feb 28, 2018 10:29 am

MSN 1830 (OCCAR) ready for its ferry flight to Spain where it will undergo tanker conversion.

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Wed Feb 28, 2018 12:55 pm

Noray wrote:


fifty! fifty shades of grey. :-)
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Thu Jul 19, 2018 2:46 pm

Singapore and Airbus to use the A330MRTT to test 3D printed spare parts:

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/ ... d-printing
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Re: A330MRTT Orders, Production And Testing

Wed Aug 15, 2018 11:43 am

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Re: A330MRTT Orders, Production And Testing

Wed Aug 15, 2018 12:54 pm

AngMoh wrote:

Good article - I keep forgetting all the capabilities and capacities they managed to cram into the MRTT - highest fuel capacity of any tanker? Pretty incredible.. kinda wish it was flying with the USAF, but I won't go there...
 
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Re: A330MRTT Orders, Production And Testing

Wed Oct 23, 2019 12:12 am

I wasn’t aware this was an ongoing issue but it appears that the Singaporean Air Force have encountered these issues with their new KC-30s and the F-15SG. The RAAF is also keen to get this certified for use to expand the number of aircraft it can refuel. If the F-15SG is impacted you would expect the South Korean F-15K to also have issues.

Has Airbus fixed midair refueling problems with the F-15 jet?

Airbus has developed changes to the software that controls the A330 tanker boom specifically for midair refueling of the Boeing F-15 Eagle. The modification, known as boom flight control law, was coded in response to difficulties encountered during flight trials, and the update adds another receiver type to the list of aircraft certified for refueling from the tanker.

Airbus told Defense News that the need for a new boom control law came to light during flight trials between an A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport and U.S. Air Force F-15 fighter jets. Observers noticed midair refueling between the two aircraft was more difficult than other receivers due to the F-15 receptacle’s asymmetric design and “the associated aerodynamics effects" near the receptacle.

The new boom control law on the A330 MRTT provides the boom operator with an improved and smoother way to perform the contact, an Airbus Defence and Space spokesman told Defense News.

He added that the software modification for the A330 MRTT’s aerial refueling boom system, or ARBS, called Update III Loop 6.1, was certified in 2018 following flight tests between the MRTT and an unidentified operator’s F-15s during the development and certification phases to assess and validate the behavior of the new boom control laws.

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https://www.defensenews.com/air/2019/10 ... -f-15-jet/
 
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Re: A330MRTT Orders, Production And Testing

Tue Oct 29, 2019 11:25 am

Czech Republic signed an MoU to join multinational fleet of A330 MRTT on October 24th, 2019.

https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_169954.htm
 
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Re: A330MRTT Orders, Production And Testing

Wed Oct 30, 2019 7:44 am

SQ22 wrote:
Czech Republic signed an MoU to join multinational fleet of A330 MRTT on October 24th, 2019.

https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_169954.htm


Will they also have to contribute a frame to the agreement? When Norway and Germany signed up in 2017 they pledged 5 aircraft and options on another 4, the 5 have since been ordered.
 
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Re: A330MRTT Orders, Production And Testing

Wed Oct 30, 2019 11:42 am

Kiwirob wrote:
SQ22 wrote:
Czech Republic signed an MoU to join multinational fleet of A330 MRTT on October 24th, 2019.

https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_169954.htm


Will they also have to contribute a frame to the agreement? When Norway and Germany signed up in 2017 they pledged 5 aircraft and options on another 4, the 5 have since been ordered.


It doesn't read like they are contributing a plane, but so far eight have been ordered according to FlightGlobal.

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/artic ... rt-461831/
 
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Wed Nov 13, 2019 9:41 pm

Update on the MRTT, the automated refuelling system continues to be tested, looking for certification in 2021, and will be a retro-fit option for current operators in the future. No plans to move to the NEO for MRTT production with production of CEO MRTTs confirmed for the time being.

Airbus to advance automatic tanker trial for customer

Further flight testing of a developmental automatic boom refuelling capability for the A330 multi-role tanker transport (MRTT) will be performed for an undisclosed customer next year, Airbus Defence & Space has disclosed.

Trials work on the company’s A3R automatic air-to-air refuelling technology conducted since 2017 has included its A310 testbed making automatic in-flight contacts with Lockheed Martin F-16s and an A330 MRTT

Speaking at the company’s Manching site in Germany early this month, Airbus head of tanker and derivatives programme Didier Plantecoste said it is aiming to secure certification for the advance during 2021.

“We will be starting to do flight-tests next year with that customer,” he says. “We are expecting an improvement in safety and reliability of the operation, and a reduction in the time of contact [between aircraft].”

The company’s concept of operations for the A3R system is for the tanker to retain its current boom operator in a supervisory/safety role, and for the function to be available as a retrofit option for additional current customers.

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https://www.flightglobal.com/news/artic ... me-462203/
 
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Re: A330MRTT Orders, Production And Testing

Thu Nov 14, 2019 3:03 am

There was also this a few days ago,

"Airbus DS to offer improved A330 MRTT"

https://www.janes.com/article/92435/air ... -a330-mrtt

"Airbus Defence and Space (DS) announced an improved variant of the A330-200 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft during the annual Trade Media Briefing (TMB), held at the company's Manching facility near Munich."

A338 certification delayed, rumours of a new A330F....
I think a NEO is plausible.
 
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Re: A330MRTT Orders, Production And Testing

Thu Nov 14, 2019 4:45 pm

I expect what ADS is looking into is an Operating Weight increase. The A330 MRTT's MTOW is 233,000kg whereas the A330-200 is now available at up to 242,000kg. I could see the A330-200F also getting an OW boost.
 
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Re: A330MRTT Orders, Production And Testing

Tue Nov 19, 2019 1:57 pm

Just announced at the Dubai Air Show, the UAE Air Force will purchase another three A330 tankers.

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/artic ... rs-462398/

In true a.net style, I guess their earlier interest in the same number of KC-46s was just to get a better price from Airbus. :duck:
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Re: A330MRTT Orders, Production And Testing

Tue Dec 03, 2019 1:37 am

estorilm wrote:
AngMoh wrote:

Good article - I keep forgetting all the capabilities and capacities they managed to cram into the MRTT - highest fuel capacity of any tanker? Pretty incredible.. kinda wish it was flying with the USAF, but I won't go there...


No the highest fuel capacity tankers are the IIAF KC-747s (KC-33A) and the USAF KC-10s.

The KC-30/A-330MRTT has a capacity of about 43,000 lbs. more fuel than the KC-135 and about 42,000 lbs. than the KC-46.

KC-747/KC-30 fuel capacity 351,000 lbs. (KC-747aka KC-33A) or 414,082 lbs. (KC-33B aka B-747-400ERF) if the USAF chose this option.
KC-10 fuel capacity 365,000 lbs.
KC-30/A-330MRTT fuel capacity is 245,000 lbs.
KC-46 fuel capacity is 203,000 lbs.
KC-135 fuel capacity is 202,000 lbs.
KC-767 fuel capacity is 165,000 lbs.
 
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Re: A330MRTT Orders, Production And Testing

Tue Dec 03, 2019 4:01 pm

kc135topboom wrote:
estorilm wrote:
AngMoh wrote:

Good article - I keep forgetting all the capabilities and capacities they managed to cram into the MRTT - highest fuel capacity of any tanker? Pretty incredible.. kinda wish it was flying with the USAF, but I won't go there...


No the highest fuel capacity tankers are the IIAF KC-747s (KC-33A) and the USAF KC-10s.

The KC-30/A-330MRTT has a capacity of about 43,000 lbs. more fuel than the KC-135 and about 42,000 lbs. than the KC-46.

KC-747/KC-30 fuel capacity 351,000 lbs. (KC-747aka KC-33A) or 414,082 lbs. (KC-33B aka B-747-400ERF) if the USAF chose this option.
KC-10 fuel capacity 365,000 lbs.
KC-30/A-330MRTT fuel capacity is 245,000 lbs.
KC-46 fuel capacity is 203,000 lbs.
KC-135 fuel capacity is 202,000 lbs.
KC-767 fuel capacity is 165,000 lbs.

Ah thanks for the correction - not sure where I read that at the time - perhaps they were defining it as a "tactical" tanker?

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