Fact Sheet: Airbus A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport

Fact Sheet: Airbus A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport

The Airbus A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (A330-MRTT) is a next generation tanker aircraft capable of conducting Air-to-Air Refuelling (AAR) and airlift roles simultaneously. The A330-MRTT has better endurance, cargo and passenger capacity, and ability to provide more fuel to other aircraft compared to the KC-135R aerial tankers, and will replace the ageing KC-135R. Its AAR capability will allow the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) to extend the endurance of our fighter aircraft to safeguard our skies, and also enable the RSAF to be more effective and capable in meeting our operational demands. In addition, the platform provides the RSAF with greater operational flexibility and will enhance Singapore’s ability to contribute to international Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) missions and Peace Support Operations.

Air-to-Air Refuelling Capabilities. The A330-MRTT can carry 245,000 lbs (111,000 kg) of fuel for its own use or for offload to its receiver aircraft. It can refuel both drogue-refuelled and boom-refuelled platforms, which will also enhance the RSAF’s interoperability with other air forces. Additionally, the A330-MRTT is equipped with the Universal Aerial Refuelling Receptacle Slipway Installation (UARRSI), which allows it to receive fuel from another tanker aircraft. This will increase the endurance and range of the A330-MRTT to fulfil its mission during extended operations.

Airlift Capabilities. Apart from AAR operations, the A330-MRTT has the ability to carry up to 82,000 lbs (37,000 kg) of cargo or 266 personnel. This flexibility allows the aircraft to be configured expeditiously for a wide range of airlift missions. When required, the aircraft can also be equipped with medical equipment for aero-medical evacuation missions.

Aircraft Systems.

  1. Avionics. The A330-MRTT is fitted with advanced avionics as well as fly-by-wire control systems featured in the civil A330 aircraft. It will also be equipped with a customised suite of military avionics.
  2. Air Refuelling (AR) Systems. The AR systems are controlled from the Operator Console located in the flight deck. This arrangement facilitates pilot and operator coordination. The Aerial Refuelling Boom System (ARBS) is operated by fly-by-wire controls and electrical actuators, together with a 3-dimensional (3D) video system. The 3D video system provides the operators with a clearer and realistic visualisation of ongoing AAR operations.


Cruise Speed Mach 0.86
Range 8,000 (14,800 km)
Service Ceiling 41,500 ft (12.6 km)
Max Fuel Weight 245,000 lbs (111,000 kg)
Max Personnel Capacity 266 personnel
Max Cargo Capacity 82,000 (37,000 kg)
Engines 2 Rolls-Royce Trent 772B
Wing Span 198 ft 10 in (60.3 m)
Overall Length 193 ft 8 in (58.8 m)
Overall Height 57 ft (17.4 m)


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