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EADS CASA puts back on wheels the first Royal Australian Air Force's A330 MRTT Multi-Role Tanker Transport

Madrid, 19 February 2007

The first Royal Australian Air Force’s A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport has been put back on wheels. This is a significant milestone for the A330 MRTT programme, which represents the finalisation of the major structural modification in the A330 platform. The conversion into multi role tanker transport of these aircraft is being carried out by EADS CASA at its facilities in Getafe, Madrid.

The aircraft is being prepared for the Ground Vibration Testing that will initiate the ground test campaign. It will be preceding the start of the flight test campaign.

This aircraft is the first of the five A330 MRTT to be delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force as part of the contract signed on December 20, 2004, between EADS CASA and the Commonwealth of Australia.

The A330 MRTT is the most advanced Mission System Tanker aircraft in the world. The Royal Australian Air Force A330 MRTT will be outfitted with a state-of-the-art centerline ARBS (Air Refueling Boom System) with fly-by-wire controls, plus two under-wing hose and drogue pods. In addition, the aircraft will carry an electronic warfare suite that protects against sur-face-to-air missile threats, along with a Link 16 network system that provi-des real-time airborne connectivity.

EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2005, EADS generated revenues of € 34.2 billion and employed a work-force of about 113,000. The Group includes the aircraft manufacturer Air-bus, the world's largest helicopter supplier Eurocopter and EADS Astrium, the European leader in space programmes from Ariane to Galileo. EADS is the major partner in the Eurofighter consortium, develops the A400M military transport aircraft, and holds a stake in the joint venture MBDA, the international leader in missile systems.

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