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First Airbus A330 MRTT for South Korea lands in Busan
Airbus A330 MRTT for South Korea. © Airbus

First Airbus A330 MRTT for South Korea lands in Busan

The first of four Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft for the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) has landed in South Korea for acceptance testing.

The first Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft for the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) has landed in Gimhae Air Base in Busan, South Korea for its acceptance tests. The aircraft — the first of four ordered by South Korea in 2015 — arrived landed in Busan on 12th November.

The aircraft, which was piloted by a joint Airbus and ROKAF crew, arrived in South Korea after a ferry flight from the Airbus Final Assembly Line in Getafe, Spain, with a stop in Vancouver, Canada.

It will now undergo ground and flight tests in Gimhae. The ROKAF will be supported by a team from Airbus, which will be based in South Korea for the duration of the tests until the aircraft is officially handed over to the customer. The photo shows the aircraft leaving Getafe.

South Korea will be the third country to receive its first A330 MRTT in recent weeks, after Singapore and France. South Korea is due to receive all four of its MRTTs by next year.

A total of 57 A330 MRTTs have been ordered by 11 nations to date — Australia, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, the United Arab Emirates, and the UK.

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