MADRID --- United Arab Emirates has announced today the purchase from EADS, through its Military Transport Aircraft Division, of the A330 MRTT (Multi Role Transport Tanker) as the new air to air refuelling aircraft for the UAE Air Force & Air Defense. The A330 MRTT shall be fitted with under wings pods and EADS CASA Boom system.
Following the contracts signed with the Royal Australian Air Force, Saudi Arabia and after being selected as preferred bidder for the Future Stategic Tanker Aircraft (FSTA) in the UK, the UAE decision consolidates further the A330 MRTT position as the most advanced and capable air-to-air refuelling aircraft available in the market.
The Military Transport Aircraft Division of EADS, responsible for the design and production of the MRTTs, is positioned as the key worldwide supplier in the field of tanking and transport aircraft.
“Nothing speaks louder than success. The fourth selection in a row of the A330 MRTT in international competitive processes underscores its exceptional value and capability for the full range of tanker and transport requirements,” said Carlos Suarez, Head of EADS Military Transport Aircraft Division and Chairman of EADS Casa.
EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2006, EADS generated revenues of EUR 39.4 billion and employed a workforce of about 116,000. The Group includes the aircraft manufacturer Airbus, the world's largest helicopter supplier Eurocopter and EADS Astrium, the European leader in space programmes from Ariane to Galileo. Its Defence & Security Division is a provider of comprehensive systems solutions and makes EADS the major partner in the Eurofighter consortium as well as a stakeholder in the missile systems provider MBDA. EADS also develops the A400M through its Military Transport Aircraft Division.