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Saudi Arabia orders four additional A-330 MRTT airplanes

To carry out air-to-air refuelling and transport missions -DATA SHEET

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has ordered four additional A-330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft for the Royal Saudi Arabia Air Force (RSAF).

The first of these aircraft will enter into conversion at the beginning of 2026; they will enter into service and join the RSAF in 2027 to carry out air-to-air refuelling and transport missions.

The contract also includes a logistics support package with spare parts, training services and service support for the new four aircraft.

All the RSAF A-330 MRTT are configured with hose and drogue pods, boom system and also refuelling receptacle, which allows the model to be refuelled from boom-equipped tankers.

As part of this contract, Airbus signed in January 2024 an Industrial Participation (IP) agreement with GAMI (General Authority for Military Industries) for the development and growth of the industrial ecosystem in the region in support of Vision 2030, a Saudi-government programme that aims to diversify the country’s economy.

This agreement also includes the transfer of technology and knowhow of the RSAF A-330 MRTT to local companies. SAAMS, the joint-venture created between SAMI (Saudi Arabian Military industries) and Airbus, will be the main vehicle for industrial localisation.

The A-330 MRTT is the most capable new-generation tanker and transport aircraft with 90% market share outside the USA with 82 orders from 15 countries in Europe, Asia, America and Oceania.

The technical data sheet of the model is attached to this AVIONEWS

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency