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South Korean A330 MRTT begins conversion

Photo: The first Airbus D&S A330-200 for the Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF). Roberto Yáñez

 
The first A330-200 for the Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) is now under conversion. The ‘green’ airframe, c/n 1787 (ex F-WWYO), is the first of four that will be converted to Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) standard for South Korea.
The aircraft was delivered by Airbus Commercial Aircraft to the company’s Defense and Space division on May 19 in Toulouse. According to the company, conversion to tanker configuration in Getafe would begin ‘as soon as the ferry flight from France to Spain is performed’. The A330 carried the registration EC-331 for its ferry flight, performed the same day.
The Republic of Korea selected the A330 MRTT in June 2015 in favour of the rival Boeing KC-46 Pegasus and Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI’s) Boeing 767 MMTT.
The ‘green’ aircraft as delivered on May 19 represents the latest A330-200 version, incorporating the features of the so-called MRTT Enhanced. Compared to the basic MRTT standard, this brings additional capabilities such as Cat IIIB autoland.
Deliveries of the four aircraft to the RoKAF are expected to begin in 2019.
To date, a total of 51 A330 MRTTs have been ordered by nine nations (Australia, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom).
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