• A RSAF A330 MRTT. 

Credit: Defence
    A RSAF A330 MRTT. Credit: Defence

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has ordered four more A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft for the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF). 

Conversion of the aircraft will begin in 2026 so that they can enter into service in 2027. 

"This is the third contract signed by Saudi Arabia for the A330 MRTT, making the RSAF one of the largest MRTT operators in the world," said Jean-Brice Dumont, Head of Air Power at Airbus Defence and Space. 

The RSAF currently operates six A330 MRTTs which are configured with hose and drogue pods, boom system and also refuelling receptacle, which allows the A330 MRTT to be refuelled from boom-equipped tankers.

As part of the contract, Airbus will transfer technology and knowhow related to the RSAF A330 MRTT to local companies, including an Airbus Joint Venture with Saudi Arabian Military industries (SAMI) called SAAMS which will be the main vehicle for industrial localisation.

The contract also includes a logistics support package with spare parts, training services and service support for the new four aircraft.


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