France orders three more Airbus A330 MRTT tankers

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Athol Terence
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France orders three more Airbus A330 MRTT tankers

Post by Athol Terence » Tue Dec 18, 2018 10:58 am

Airbus Defence and Space has received a firm order from the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) for a further three A330 MRTT Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircraft. The aircraft, known as Phénix in French service, constitute the third and final tranche of the multi-year contract for 12 A330 MRTTs signed by the French Ministry of Defence in 2014. The first of the fleet was formally handed over in October and the remainder will be delivered by the end of 2023 under an accelerated timescale requested by France.
In French service the A330 MRTT will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines and equipped with a combination of the Airbus refuelling boom system and under-wing hose-and-drogue refuelling pods. The aircraft can be configured in a variety of layouts carrying up to 272 passengers as well as medevac arrangements including the French MORPHEE intensive care module carrying up to ten patients as well as 88 passengers. The combat-proven A330 MRTT has been ordered by 12 nations which have now placed firm orders for 60 aircraft, of which 34 have been delivered.


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France orders three more Airbus A330 MRTT tankers

Post by Timothyfleen » Thu Jan 31, 2019 2:31 am

Not that long ago Airbus Military extended their offer for 6 6 MRTT till the end of June. That date has pased without anything happening so may we assume that this intention to order is dead right now?

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