C4iSR: Joint & Common Equipment

Airbus DS to offer improved A330 MRTT

07 November 2019

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.

The improved aircraft is geared towards a number of expanding roles and capabilities. These were introduced to the media on 6 November by Ioannis Papachristofilou, Head of Marketing.

"The improvements are being prepared now," Papachristofilou said, adding that the goal is to evolve the market-leading tanker-transport aircraft into a versatile multimission platform of choice for future customers.

As outlined by Papachristofilou, the expanded roles include VVIP transport; intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR); and as an airborne communications node through enhanced connectivity. The new capabilities centre around predictive maintenance and automatic air-to-air refuelling (A3R).

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