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 Airbus Military shows off its fleet of aircraft

Soon after Airbus Military won the bid for A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) in the refueller category, FORCE along with other media houses was invited by them to visit their facilities in Spain. The week-long tour, which commenced on 8 January 2013, included a demo tour and visit to Airbus Military’s facilities in San Pablo in Seville and Getafe in Madrid.

We were looking forward to the visit as it meant experiencing the look and feel of the aircraft, first-hand chosen to be a part of the Indian Air Force (IAF). In the chilling weather of Spain, the flight in Airbus Military’s aircraft infused in us a new vigour.

At San Pablo plant, Ian Elliot, VP, Defence Capability Marketing, was geared up with a presentation on A330 MRTT and A400 M. The primary focus seemed to be on the Aerial Refuelling Boom System (ARBS) for the MRTT.

The Airbus Military A330 MRTT offered all its customers with a choice of air-to-air refuelling options such as - an advanced Airbus Military Aerial Refuelling Boom System (ARBS); a pair of hose and drogue under-wing pods; a hose and drogue Fuselage Refuelling Unit (FRU) and a Universal Aerial Refuelling Receptacle Slipway Installation (UARRSI). A combination of these refuelling options is also on offer for its customers to enable both probe and receptacle equipped receivers to be refuelled on the same mission.

A hose and drogue under-wing pods on A330 MRTT
A hose and drogue under-wing pods on A330 MRTT

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