LONDON — The Algerian air force (AAF) has been conducting trials with the Airbus Military A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircraft.
Demonstrations of the aircraft, using an airframe that is destined for the U.K. Royal Air Force, are understood to have taken place earlier this month at Boufarik airbase, the AAF’s main transport airfield near Algiers.
Airbus Military referred queries about the aircraft to the Algerian defense ministry. However, images published on Algerian websites have confirmed the aircraft’s presence at the base as part of a demonstration.
The display at Boufarik comes just weeks after Boeing demonstrated its C-17 Globemaster to the air force as a possible replacement for Algeria’s aging Russian-built Ilyushin Il-76. It is likely that should any sale of the A330 MRTT come to fruition, the aircraft will replace the tanker version of the Il-76, the Il-78 Midas, which Algeria also has in its inventory.
Algeria’s secretive military is in the throes of a major modernization and is understood to be looking toward more Western equipment as it replaces fleets of Russian-built types.