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A330MRTT
 
Latest update: June 2018

Company: Airbus Defense and Space.
 
Abbr.: Order and inventory status information: Abbr.: Order and inventory status information:
       
Order. No. of aircraft ordered. WFU No. of aircraft Withdrawn From Use.
Opt. No. of aircraft options. Sold No. of aircraft sold to another country.
Opp. No. of possible aircraft sales. Oth. D. No. of aircraft bought from another country.
Canc. No. of aircraft ordered cancelled. LS↓ No. of aircraft leased from another country.
Del. No. of aircraft delivered. LS ↑ No. of aircraft leased to another country.
On Or. No. of aircraft to be delivered. Act. No. of aircraft operational.
W/O No. of aircraft Written Off (crashed).    
       
Lease: When the no. of aircraft LS↓ and LS ↑ are equal the leased aircraft have been returned to the owner.
 
Order and production overview - aircraft totals
 
Country Order. Opt. Opp. Canc. Del. On Or. W/O WFU Sold Oth.D. LS↓ LS ↑ Act.
Australia 6       5 1       1     6
France 9 3       9             0
India     6     0             0
Netherlands 8 3       8             0
Qatar     2     0             0
Saudi Arabia 6       6 0             6
Singapore 6         6             0
South Korea 4         4             0
UAE 3       3 0             3
UK 14       14 0           3 11
Total 56 6 8   28 28       1   3 26
 
Comments:

The A330MRTTs are build as 'standard' A330 at Toulouse and after completing the flight test program are flown to Getafe at Madrid, Spain were the aircraft are converted to MRTT.

2020:

First A330MRTT to be delivered to the NATO MFF program.

2019:

First A330MRTT to be delivered to the French Air Force.

2018:

The first aircraft for the Singapore and South Korea Air Force will be delivered in 2018.

Australia:

The original order consisted of five A330MRTTs designated KC-30A within the Royal Australian Air Force. Two more aircraft were ordered of which one will be configured as VIP aircraft used to transport the Australian prime minister. These last two were acquired from civil airliner Qantas and flown to the Airbus D&S production plant at Getafe in Spain where they will be converted to KC-30A standard. The sixth KC-30A was delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force Base Amberley on September 1, 2017. The seventh aircraft will be delivered in 2019 and will feature the VIP interior.

Belgium:

The minister of defense, Mr.  S. van de Put, announced on December 22, 2017 that Belgium will join the NATO Multinational Multi Role Tanker Transport Fleet. A contract for one aircraft has to be signed resulting in a total of eight aircraft to be operated by NATO on behalf of the MMF members.

France:

France committed to order 12 A330MRTTS. These are ordered in batches, see table. Two contracts for nine aircraft have been signed. The last batch comprising the final three aircraft has formally to be ordered and are therefore listed as option in the report above.

Country Ord. 1 Ord. 2 TBO Opt. Tot.
           
France 1 8 3 0 12
           

The first A330MRTT for the French Air Force will be delivered in 2019.

The Netherlands (NATO - MFF):

The Netherlands was the lead nation in the European MRTT project which is now known as the NATO Multinational Multi Role Tanker Transport Fleet (MMF) program.
As the aircraft will be registered in the Dutch military aviation register the NATO - MFF aircraft are reported as The Netherlands. Aircraft will be designated KC-30 and receive serials M-001 and further.

Country Ord. 1 Ord. 2 Ord. 3 Opt. Tot.
           
LUX and NED 2       2
GER and NOW   5     5
BEL     1   1
New member(s)       3 3
           
Total 2 5 1 3 11

Order breakdown:

Order 1: Contract signed on July 28, 2016.
Order 2: Contract signed on September 25, 2017 (see comment).
Order 3: Contract signed on March 1, 2018.

Order 1 (Luxembourg and The Netherlands):

The contract to purchase two aircraft was signed on Thursday July 28th, 2016 with. Both A330MRTT will join a pool after delivery which will be owned by NATO. The contract is a result of a European Defence Agency (EDA) program lead by The Netherlands. Luxembourg and Netherlands are the first countries to purchase these aircraft having signed a Memorandum of Understanding to operate the MRTTs.

Order 2 (Germany and Norway):

On September 25, 2017 a contract was signed for five A330MRTTs. The order follows the MoU signed on June 29 with Germany and Norway joining the European / NATO Multinational Multi Role Tanker Transport Fleet (MMF) program. Additionally the contract includes four option which could bring the total order to 11 aircraft (originally eight) to enable other countries to join the MMF program.

On Thursday June 29, 2017 the Dutch MoD announced that both Germany and Norway will sign the MoU at the minister of defense meeting at NATO in Brussels. With the joining of both countries another five aircraft will be ordered. Of the seven aircraft four will be based at Eindhoven and three in Germany.
At Eindhoven 334 squadron currently operates two KDC-10 aircraft, at Cologne the BMVg operates four A310MRTTs as well as one A310 in the transport role. The BMVg currently operates from Cologne but by the time the A330MRTTs are delivered will most likely have transferred its operations to Berlin.

Order 3 (Belgium):

Belgium announced on December 22, 2017 to join the program which will lead to one aircraft to be ordered. It's expected that the contract will be signed in the first quarter of 2018. The Memorandum of Understanding with the partner nations was signed on February 14, 2018.

Options:

The contract provides for three options to be converted to a contract when one or more countries join the MMF program. Two countries were named as potential members, the Czech Republic and Spain. The later is known to have an interest in the A330MRTT which should replace the B-707 tankers with have already been withdrawn from service.

United Kingdom:


The Voyager fleet is owned by Airtanker which manages and maintains the fleet of 14 aircraft and also provided the infrastructure, support and training. The Royal Air Force / MoD define the operational need:

Voyager RAF AT Total
Voyager KC.2 2 5 7
Voyager KC.3 7 0 7
       
Total 9 5 14

Aircraft numbers operated by the RAF can change depending on the operational need. Aircraft not needed by the RAF are operated by Airtanker. RAF operated Voyagers (core fleet) are flown on the Military Aircraft Register (MAR). The other aircraft fly on the Civilian Aircraft Register (CAR). The five Voyager KC.2s form the surge fleet and are at the disposal of the RAF when needed.

One of the Royal Air Force Voyagers KC.3s received modifications to fulfil the VIP transport role. The Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015 published on November 23rd, 2015 announced the conversion of a Voyager. The aircraft will transport the British prime minister and members of the government.

Potential orders:

Both India and Qatar expressed an interest in the A330MRTT for six and two aircraft respectively.
 
A330MRTT reports - per aircraft type
 
Country Aircraft Order. Opt. Opp. Canc. Del. On Or. W/O WFU Sold Oth.D. LS↓ LS ↑ Act.
Australia KC-30A 6       5 1       1     6
France A330MRTT 9 3       9             0
India A330MRTT     6     0             0
Netherlands KC-30 8 3       8             0
Qatar A330MRTT     2     0             0
Saudi Arabia A330MRTT 6       6 0             6
Singapore A330MRTT 6         6             0
South Korea A330MRTT 4         4             0
UAE A330MRTT 3       3 0             3
UK Voyager KC2 7       7 0           3 4
  Voyager KC3 7       7 0             7
Total   56 6 8   28 28       1   3 26
 
Comment(s):

The A330MRTT (Multi Role Tanker Transport) is based on the Airbus Defence and Space commercial A330 airliner and offered as a two or three point tanker:

Type Country Refuelling installations
     
A330MRTT   Three-point tanker (boom and droque/hose).
KC-30 Netherlands (NATO - MFF) Three-point tanker (boom and droque/hose).
KC-30A Australia Three-point tanker (boom and droque/hose).
Voyager KC.2 United Kingdom Two-point tanker (droque/hose).
Voyager KC.3 United Kingdom Three-point tanker (boom and droque/hose).
     
 
Photo gallery
 
 
Royal Australian Air Force KC-30A arriving at Eindhoven air base in 2014. Royal Air Force Voyager KC2 pushed back at Schiphol. Royal Air Force Voyager KC2 departing Schiphol International Airport in 2015.
     
     
  Royal Air Force Voyager KC2 departing Schiphol International Airport in 2015.