The Canadian armed forces are in the final stages of qualifying for operational use their CC-150T, more commonly known as the A310 MRTT refueler.
The tanker, being developed under the Multi-role Tanker Transport program (MRTT), is undergoing test and evaluation at 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alberta, the defense ministry says. Qualifications are running several months behind schedule, though. The Canadian armed forces were hoping to have the system operational late last year already.(credit: Master Corporal Paul Green)
The Canadian air force operates five A310s, designated the CC-150 Polaris in their transport role, capable of carrying 194 passengers. Two of them are getting the hose-and-drogue refueling system. All the A310s belong to 8 Wing Trenton.
Once the tankers are qualified, it will reestablish a capability the Canadian Air Force lost when it retired its Boeing 707-based CC-137s in 1997. The Air Force has a limited air-to-air refueling capacity using CC‑130 Hercules belonging to the 435th Squadron, part of 17th Wing in Winnipeg.
The German Luftwaffe also operates the A310 as a multi-role tanker transport.