A330 MRTT

Airbus’ SMART MRTT paves way to autonomous refueling

In a new video, Airbus presented its SMART MRTT program which aims at developing fully autonomous aerial refueling solutions....


Boeing and Airbus to compete again for USAF tanker modernization

The United States Air Force is ready to move forward with the second program aimed at renewing its fleet of aerial refuelers. Formerly known under the codename KC-Y, the competition should once again see Boeing face Airbus in partnership with Lockheed Martin. The many difficulties encountered by Boeing's KC-46A Pegasus, birthed from the previous program, could be a thorn in the Seattle manufacturer’s side....


Airbus to modernize Australian A330 MRTT fleet

Airbus announced that it was awarded two contracts to develop and modernize the communication systems for the A330 MRTT (Multi-Role Tanker Transport) fleet of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)....


Meta Aerospace to fill in for Boeing KC-46 Pegasus deficiencies

Meta Aerospace announced it received the first of four former Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Boeing KC-135R refueling aircraft it acquired. The private tanker fleet will be used to fill the United States Air Force (USAF) capacity gap caused by the multiple deficiencies and delays of the Boeing KC-46A Pegasus....


France orders three additional Airbus A330 MRTT tankers

The French Ministry of the Armed Forces placed a firm order for a new batch of three A330 MRTT “Phénix” aerial refueling tanker aircraft. The acquisition is part of the €15 billion support plan for the country’s aerospace industry announced in June 2020....


Airbus delivers third A330 MRTT to France four months early

The French Ministry of Armed Forces took delivery of the third Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) Phénix on July 10, 2020, four months ahead of the initial schedule....


Airbus completes first automated in-flight refueling [Video]

Airbus refueled a Portuguese F-16 in flight using a fully automated procedure. It is the world’s first automated in-flight aircraft refueling, according to the manufacturer....


Flawed Boeing KC-46A tanker catches Israel interest

The State Department officially informed the Congress of its intention to proceed with the sale of 8 Boeing KC-46A Pegasus tankers, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced. The sale could help reduce the stress currently affecting the USAF aerial refueling capacities....


First mission for the French A330 “Phénix”

The A330 MRTT “Phénix” tanker aircraft was used for the first time in operation by the French Air Force on March 22, 2019....


Airbus joins forces with Lockheed to step in Boeing’s backyard

One company's demise is another one's opportunity. Or in this case, two companies. Lockheed Martin and Airbus signed a memorandum of agreement to “jointly explore opportunities to meet the growing demand for aerial refueling for US defense customers.” The manufacturers are taking advantage of the difficulties encountered by Boeing's KC-46A Pegasus....