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A330 MRTT Enhanced takes flight

4th October 2016 - 14:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The Airbus Defence and Space (D&S) new standard A330 MRTT Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft has successfully undertaken its maiden flight, the company announced on 3 October.

According to Airbus, the three-hour flight, which took place on 30 September, saw the aircraft perform in line with expectations. 

The A330 MRTT Enhanced incorporates a number of structural modifications to the basic A330, as well as upgraded avionics computers and enhanced military systems as part of the company’s continuous product improvement programme. Aerodynamic improvements on the aircraft provide a fuel-burn reduction of up to one percent.

A total of 51 A330 MRTTs have been ordered by ten nations, with 28 delivered to date. Delivery of the Enhanced model will begin in 2018.

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