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Singapore’s MRTT fleet to receive A3R capability

11th July 2022 - 23:03 GMT | by Roy Choo in Sydney


RSAF A330 MRTT ‘764’ is the SMART MRTT test aircraft, seen here in a refuelling trial with an F-16D+ in early 2021. Airbus announced completion of the development phase of the programme in May 2021. (Photo: Airbus)

Singapore’s full fleet of six MRTTs will receive an automated aerial refuelling system, with the first aircraft to be delivered in the months ahead.

Singapore will soon receive its first A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) with automatic air-to-air refuelling (A3R) upgrade. This was announced by Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen in a media interview ahead of Singapore Armed Forces Day on 1 July.

Responding to an enquiry from Shephard, Singapore’s Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) confirmed that the capability will be rolled out to the entire fleet of Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) MRTTs. 

The first of six upgraded aircraft will be delivered in the second half of 2022.

It was revealed in February 2020 that Singapore would partner with Airbus on the SMART

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Roy Choo


Roy Choo

Rex Choo is a freelance journalist based in Australia.

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