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    • Year
      1906
      2018
    • Length
      47 m
      71 m
    • Height
      13 m
      21 m
    • Width
      1 m
      8 m
    • Diameter
      3 m
      9 m
    • Wing area
      289 m2
      434 m2
    • Wingspan (Beam)
      48 m
      73 m
    • Wing loading
      3 kg/m2
      829 kg/m2
    • Swept
      4 m
      10 m
    • Sweep
      25 deg
      68 deg
    • Aspect ratio
      1
      26
    • Disc area
      1 m2
      460 m2
    • Main rotor diameter
      1 m
      62 m
    • Rotor number
      1 qt
      8 qt
    • Blades per rotor
      4 qt
      5 qt
    • Disc loading
      17 kg/m2
      73 kg/m2
    • Tail rotor diameter
      0 m
      5 m
    • Empty weight
      100008 kg
      150013 kg
    • Max. takeoff weight (Gross weight)
      186517 kg
      279776 kg
    • Loaded weight
      5 kg
      242500 kg
    • Crew
      2 per.
      4 per.
    • Useful load
      26 kg
      90700 kg
    • Payload
      35924 kg
      53887 kg
    • Capacity passengers
      232 per.
      350 per.
    • Hardpoints
      1 qt
      2576 qt
    • Ground Speed
      96 km/h
      1500 km/h
    • Max. Speed
      704 km/h
      1056 km/h
    • Сruise Speed
      688 km/h
      1032 km/h
    • Stall Speed
      40 km/h
      258 km/h
    • Landing Speed
      68 km/h
      270 km/h
    • Minimum control speed
      24 km/h
      113 km/h
    • Never exceed speed
      107 km/h
      1050 km/h
    • Fuel Capacity
      89040 l
      133560 l
    • Fuel External
      142 l
      10025 l
    • Power/mass
      0 hp/kg
      23 hp/kg
    • Thrust/weight
      0 kN/kg
      3 kN/kg
    • Afterburning thrust
      29 kN/kg
      980 kN/kg
    • Total Power
      0 hp
      60000 hp
    • Thrust
      512 kN
      768 kN
    • Service ceiling
      10411 m
      15618 m
    • Static ceiling
      3 m
      5485 m
    • Range (Ferry range)
      11840 km
      17760 km
    • Range PTB (Ferry range)
      720 km
      10000 km
    • Сombat radius
      277 km
      7210 km
    • Endurance
      0 h
      150 h
    • Takeoff roll
      20 m
      3200 m
    • Landing roll
      20 m
      2570 m
    • Maximum glide ratio
      7
      43
    • Load factor from
      2 G
      9 G
    • Rate of climb
      1 m/min
      36000 m/min
    • Rate of sink
      36 m/min
      56 m/min
    • Time to altitude
      0 min
      105 min
    • Propellers
      1 qt
      8 qt
    • Prop diameter
      1 m
      6 m
    • Prop blade number
      1 qt
      8 qt
    • Guns
      1 qt
      18 qt
    • Bombs
      1 qt
      250 qt
    • Missiles
      1 qt
      24 qt
    • Rockets
      1 qt
      76 qt
    • Torpedoes
      1 qt
      4 qt
    • Bombs weight
      2 kg
      39000 kg
    • Rockets weight
      1 kg
      48 kg
    • Number built
      19 qt
      29 qt
    • Price
      41 USD
      750000000 USD

Airbus A330 MRTT

TypeAircraft
Company

Airbus Group

Scheme

Low wing

Monoplane

Geometry
Length (m)
1.9
 
58.8
88.7
Height (m)
0.6
 
17.4
50.1
Wings
Wing area (m2)
1.1
 
361.6
925
Wingspan (Beam) (m)
0.1
 
60.3
95
Weights
Empty weight (kg)
8
 
125,010.1
276,800
Max. takeoff weight (Gross weight) (kg)
154
 
233,146.5
575,000
Capacity
Crew (per.)
1
 
3
112
2 pilots, 1 AAR operator
Payload (kg)
23
 
44,905.6
122,470
non-fuel payload
Capacity passengers (per.)
1
 
291
400
Speeds
Max. Speed (km/h)
25
 
880
28,165
Сruise Speed (km/h)
52
 
860
3,087
Fuel
Fuel Capacity (l)
23
 
111,300
320,000
Power
Thrust (kN)
1.5
 
640
1,914
2 powerplants 320 kN
Performance
Service ceiling (m)
0.6
 
13,015.0
161,544
Range (Ferry range) (km)
4
 
14,800
40,700
Stat
Number built (qt)
0
 
24
43,000
Introduction 2007
First flight 15.06.2007
For over half a century the aerial refueling mission was the perk of the West preserved by American. Only some of British manufacturers had the right to transform some old strategic bombers and some airliners into aerial refueling tankers. But they couldn’t market them as Boeing and Lockheed kept eyes open. But that was before the arrival of Airbus in the market. First they did it lowly with A310MRTT then more openly with the one that was becoming the benchmark of the early twenty-first century, A330MRTT.

When in 1998, the US Air Force launched the KC-X program to develop a successor to the Boeing KC-135, they hardly knew that this would turn into a titanic struggle between Airbus and Boeing. If the second seemed better equipped to win, the first hardly had anything to loose. And because of this some of US experts, civil and military, thought the European project was greater than that of the Seattle aircraft manufacturer. Airbus offered its A330MRTT a mixed version of transport and refueling jet that was a derivative of a successful line A330-200. Boeing from his side brought his side the KC-767, also derived from a 767 jet, but smaller and less versatile aircraft than its European competitor.

Occasionally Airbus allied with the Northrop-Grumman. After significant procrastination A330MRTT was declared the loser of the game, at the expense of one who would become the KC-46 Pegasus. There are unconfirmed rumors that in the meantime the European aircraft was declared the winner, and even designated KC-45 by the US military before a reference from US federal authorities. And Boeing won. But the damage for it had been already done, Airbus was a new air tanker, and not the least.

In 2005 the first customer of the Airbus A330MRTT (MRTT Multi-Role Tanker for Transport) became known. It was Australia. This country was seeking a versatile aircraft for refueling and strategic transport capable of supporting its operations worldwide. Five planes were ordered, and some transformations were carried out locally by Qantas Defence Department. Australian aircraft were designated KC-30A, and had a high capacity for personal transportation.

Shortly after other customers became known, such as Saudi Arabia that purchased six aircraft, UAE that acquired three of these, or Singapore, which ordered six planes.

But the main customer was undoubtedly the Royal Air Force which purchased the aircraft for replacement of his old Lockheed Tristar and Vickers VC-10. Fourteen aircraft were ordered to serve in the 10 Squadron based at Brize Norton. These aircraft were named Airbus Military KC Voyageur Mk-2 and KC-3 Mk. The first of them entered service in 2012. The Voyager of the RAF were equipped with a Link 16, allowing them to communicate directly on NATO channels with fighting and monitoring devices like the Eurofighter Typhoon or Boeing Sentry.

In early 2014, Airbus Military A330MRTT was also up in Spain, France, and India. To help reassure Indian investors, the aircraft was tested in flight with the majority of Indian fighter jets, including the Rafale the order of which was still pending. The ability of A330MRTT to refuel Rafale was mandatory to allow the aircraft to be in the Air Force where it eventually served as a successor to the old Boeing C-135FR.

While the A400M Atlas has clear successes, it seems that the A330MRTT is moving in the same direction. It must be said that Airbus Military engineers were able to take advantage of prior A310MRTT. Airbus Military presents as the future great rival of Boeing Defence becoming more powerful.

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