The Airbus Military plant at Tablada in Seville has begun work on the first boom for the new A330 MRTT (Multi Role Tanker Transport), following the refitting of the facilities to undertake this new task. The revolutionary Aerial Refuelling Boom System (ARBS) was developed by the company’s design team for the A330 MRTT, the new aerial refuelling tanker based on the civilian A330 by Airbus.
The Seville plant will be responsible for the final fitting out of the boom, consisting of the hydraulic, electrical and mechanical systems. This activity with high added value which until now had been subcontracted will in the future be carried out at Tablada.
Work is currently being carried out on the eighth boom. After completion of the works to integrate the different components, the boom will undergo on-site functional tests at Tablada to ensure the correct functioning of all its systems. The Andalusian factory has been fitted out to work on up to two booms at a time, although the workload for this year will be five booms. Airbus Military has currently sold a total of 28 A330 MRTTs to four customers.
The first two of these tankers will be delivered to the Australian Air Force before the end of the year.