The flight test program required for certification of the Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport hose-and-drogue refueling system has been completed by Airbus Military.
The conclusion of the tests clears the way for Spain’s national institute for aerospace technology (INTA) to certify the aircraft - for daylight refueling operations - during the course of the summer, according to Airbus. INTA is the military certification agency for the MRTT.
The A330 MRTT is fitted with the Cobham 905 hose-and-drogue refueling system. Flight testing of the Airbus Military Aerial Refueling Boom System (ARBS) goes on, with Airbus suggesting this will “be completed shortly.”
An Airbus A310 has also been used as a demonstrator in the development of the boom technology.
The Royal Australian Air Force is now scheduled to begin to take delivery of its five A330 MRTTs later this year, according to Airbus. The MRTT aircraft is also on order for the UK, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.
The A330 MRTT received civil supplemental type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency in March.
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