Multinational MRTT fleet expands with Belgian order
Airbus Defence and Space has received a firm order for an additional A330 MRTT Multi Role Tanker Transport destined for the European/NATO Multinational Multi-Role Tanker Transport Fleet (MMF) programme.
Airbus Defence and Space has received a firm order for an Airbus A330 MRTT Multi Role Tanker Transport from Europe’s organisation for the management of cooperative armament programmes (OCCAR) on behalf of NATO Support & Procurement Agency (NSPA).
The order follows the recent announcement of Belgium’s official accession to the European/NATO Multinational Multi-Role Tanker Transport Fleet (MMF) programme, which already includes the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Norway and Germany.
An amendment to the original MMF contract adds the aircraft to the seven previously ordered for the MMF programme. The contract also includes three additional options to enable other nations to join the programme and provides for two years of initial support.
The programme is funded by the five nations who will have the exclusive right to operate these NATO–owned aircraft in a pooling arrangement. The aircraft will be configured for in-flight refuelling, the transport of passengers and cargo, and medical evacuation flights.
Airbus Defence and Space will deliver the eight aircraft from its tanker conversion line at Getafe near Madrid between 2020 and 2024.
The first A330 tanker destined for the MMF fleet made its maiden flight in November.