Airbus Defence and Space has received a firm order from the French Ministry of defence procurement agency (DGA) for a further eight A330 MRTT (Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircraft) military aircraft. The aircraft constitute the second tranche of the multi-year contract for 12 A330 MRTTs signed by the DGA in November 2014 and bring the total firm order to nine. The remaining three are scheduled to be confirmed in 2018, permitting deliveries of the 12 aircraft before 2025.

The first aircraft will be delivered to France in 2018, followed by the second in 2019, and the remainder at a rate of one or two per year.

In French Air Force service the A330 MRTT will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines and equipped with a combination of the Airbus Defence & Space’s refueling boom System and underwing hose-and-drogue refueling pods. It will also be possible to configure them in a variety of layouts carrying up to 271 passengers as well as MEDEVAC arrangements including the French MORPHEE intensive care module carrying up.

The A330 MRTT aircraft has been ordered by seven nations which have now placed firm orders for 49 aircraft, of which 26 have been delivered.

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