Airbus has delivered the first A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) variant of the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF). The aircraft first officially appeared before the public on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at RSAF's 50th-anniversary parade.
The new generation Boeing A330 MRTT will expand the durability of RSAF fighters, and make sure service capabilities continue to provide support for air-to-air refuelling.
The tanker aircraft also provides RSAF with greater cargo and passenger transportation capabilities and enhances its ability to contribute to international humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) and peace support operations.
Airbus A330 MRTT Fact Sheet
According to the information on the website of the Ministry of Defence of Singapore, this Multi-Role Tanker Transport Airbus A330 (A330-MRTT) is the next generation (next-gen) tanker can simultaneously performing Air-to-Air Refuelling (AAR) and airlift roles.
The A330-MRTT has better endurance, cargo and passenger capacity and the ability to provide more fuel to other aircraft compared to the KC-135R air tanker and this will replace the old KC-135R.
The AAR capability of the Boeing A330 MRTT enables the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) to extend the resistance of combat aircraft to safeguard the sky and enable RSAF to be more effective and able to meet operational demands.
In addition, the platform provides RSAF with greater operational flexibility and will enhance Singapore's ability to contribute to the mission of Humanitarian Assistance, International Disaster Management (HADR) and Peace Support Operations.
Air-to-air recharging capability
The Boeing A330-MRTT can carry as much as 245,000 lbs (111,000) liters of fuel for its own use or to be transported to the receiving aircraft. It can refuel both drogue-refined and boom refuelled platforms, which will also increase RSAF interoperability with other air forces.
In addition, the Boeing A330-MRTT is equipped with Universal Aerial Refuelling Receptacle Slipway Installation (UARRSI), which allows it to receive fuel from other tankers. This will increase the durability and range of the A330-MRTT to fulfil its mission during extended operations.
Apart from AAR's operating capability, the Boeing A330-MRTT has the ability to carry up to 82,000 lbs (37,000 kg) of cargo or around 266 personnel.
This flexibility allows the aircraft to be configured quickly to be able to carry out various air transport missions. When needed, the aircraft can also be equipped with medical equipment for an aero-medical evacuation mission.
The Boeing A330-MRTT is equipped with advanced avionics and a fly by wire control system displayed on civilian A330 aircraft. It will also be equipped with a set of military-specific avionics.
2. Fuel Filling System (AR).
The AR system is controlled from the Operator Console located on the flight deck. Settings facilitate coordination of pilots and operators.
Aerial Refuelling Boom System (ARBS) can be operated by fly by wire controls and electric actuators, together with a 3-dimensional (3D) video system. This 3D video system provides operators with a clearer and more realistic visualization of ongoing AAR operations.