Spanish Air Force EF-18B #CE.15-11 conducts AR
testing with the first production A330 MRTT
aircraft for the RAAF.
1/28/2008 - Flight-testing of the A330 MRTT, the
first production aircraft for the Royal Australian Air
Force (RAAF), has continued at a fast pace and initial
handling and performance evaluation are as predicted.
All aerodynamic tests for the A330 MRTT have been
completed successfully, as well as testing of handling
quality, performance, loads, autopilot and anemometry.
An important feature of the process included flutter
testing and the flight envelope has been successfully
In the next few days, the Civil Certification flight
tests with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)
are scheduled to be performed.
As part of the tests hose stability data gathering
has been completed and pre-contact position trials
conducted with an F-18 fighter aircraft.
“We are on track and proud of the results we are
getting, right in line with our expectations. We are
becoming a reference in the air-to-air refuelling
technology and systems with the market’s
acknowledgement”, said Carlos Suarez, Head of EADS
Military Transport Aircraft Division and Chairman of
The government of Saudi Arabia has recently signed a
contract for three (3) A330 MRTTs to upgrade their AAR
fleet. It has also been selected by the UAE and the
UK. The KC-30 that has been proposed to the USAF by
Northrop Grumman as a replacement for the KC-135 is
based on the A330 MRTT.
In the meantime the EADS A310 Boom Demonstrator
aircraft has been conducting proximity tests with the
A330 MRTT to collect data relevant to large aircraft
refuelling. The next step will be for the A310 to
perform more dry contacts with an F-16 and/or a NATO
AWACS E-3A as a receiver.
Source: EADS Press Release