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France: DGA delivers the 8th MRTT multirole transport and refueling aircraft.

| 2022

On October 21, 2022, the DGA (Direction générale de l’armement / Directorate General of Armaments) received the 8th Phénix A330 MRTT (Multi role tanker transport) multirole tanker aircraft.

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France DGA delivers the 8th MRTT multirole transport and refueling aircraft MRTT (Picture source: DGA)

The DGA validated this reception following the various verification operations it has carried out since the beginning of June. Tests that took place in Spain, in Getafé, first of all since it is there that the A330 civil aircraft produced by Airbus in Toulouse are transformed into MRTTs. Then in France, in Istres, where the MRTTs are tested at DGA Flight Tests.

The A330-MRTT Phénix is ​​a multipurpose aircraft derived from the Airbus A330 airliner. The extent of its capabilities allows it to replace several distinct older-generation aircraft fleets: the C135-FR and KC135-RG for in-flight refueling, and the A310 and A340 for the strategic transport of personnel and freight.

The Phénix is ​​designed to respond to the various missions entrusted to the Air and Space Force: implementation of the air component of nuclear deterrence, contribution to the permanent air security posture, strategic projection of forces and power, emergency medical transport.

12 A330-MRTT Phénix will be delivered to the French Air and Space Force by the end of 2023.

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