The Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) has
taken delivery of its first Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker
Transport (MRTT) aircraft.
The A330 MRTT extends
the endurance and range of the ROKAF’s fighter aircraft, and
provides the service with strategic transport capability for
passengers and freight.
In South Korean service, the A330 MRTT will be
powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines and will be equipped with
the Airbus Refuelling Boom System. The aircraft can be configured in a
variety of layouts to carry passengers and freight or for medevac
South Korea becomes the seventh member of the
worldwide family of A330 MRTT operators and is one of 12 nations
to have ordered the aircraft. This latest delivery brings the
total in-service fleet to 35.
Fernando Alonso, Executive Vice
President, Airbus, said, “The A330 MRTT has clearly established
itself as the world’s premier tanker and strategic transport
aircraft, and has been widely praised by the current operators. It
will be a critical asset of the ROKAF and leading air forces
worldwide for many decades.”