A NATO Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) has landed for the first time at its future base in the Netherlands, the Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) has reported.
The aircraft landed in Eindhoven on 23 January and left the next day, the ministry said on its website.
Four of the aircraft and all four multinational crews will be based in Eindhoven and three in Cologne-Wahn. One of the MRTTs, in medical evacuation configuration, will be on standby in Wahn.
The first two MRTTs are scheduled to be delivered in 2020, replacing the capacity of the Royal Netherlands Air Force’s two KDC-10 tanker transports. The remaining five aircraft are due to be delivered in 2021–23.
Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Norway have ordered seven A330 MRTTs for the Multinational MRTT Unit (MMU), with an option for four more. The programme is open to other countries and Belgium plans to join the programme in 2018, meaning the MMU will grow to eight aircraft.
The MRTTs will be owned by NATO and the four countries have signed up for a total of 7,800 flying hours per year with the aircraft. Germany has signed up for 5,500 hours, the Netherlands for 2,000 hours, Luxembourg for 200 hours, and Norway for 100 hours.
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