07 Sep 2018

Airbus deliver first A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport to Singapore

Airbus has successfully delivered the first A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) to the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF).

Singapore’s brand new A330 MRTT debuted in public during the 50th anniversary celebrations of the RSAF. According to Airbus, the next generation tanker transport will enhance the endurance of Singapore’s fighter aircraft, while also future-proofing the services’ air-to-air refueling capabilities.

The A330 will also provide the RSAF with greater cargo and passenger transport capabilities, and enhance its ability to contribute to international humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) and peace support operations.

The transport also functions as a strategic aeromedical evacuation (MedEvac) aircraft. Its immense fuselage can accommodate up to 130 NATO stretchers and fly them over intercontinental distances.

In the ‘Light MedEvac’ configuration, medical beds are able to be installed above designated fold-down seats. This allows the aircraft to be used as a troop transport on outbound relief missions, with medical beds stowed in the lower cargo compartments and converted for MedEvac during the return journey.

In the ‘Intensive MedEvac’ configuration, critical care modules can be installed to replicate an intensive care unit in flight. The aircraft can typically carry 28 NATO stretchers, up to six critical care modules, 20 seats for medical staff, and 100 passenger seats.

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