On the 30th of September 2016, Airbus Defence and Space has completed the maiden flight of the first new standard A330 MRTT Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT).

This model incorporates a number of enhancements introduced to the basic A330 as well as upgraded military systems.

The flying tanker had a three-hour maiden flight and the crew reported that the aircraft performed in line with expectations. The new A330 MRTT features structural modifications, aerodynamic improvements, upgraded avionics and enhanced military systems.

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First delivery is due in 2018. A total of 51 A330 MRTTs have been ordered by 10 countries.