French Ministry of the Armed Forces orders three Airbus A330 planes to be converted into the MRTT version

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Airbus A330MRTT Phenix of the French Air Force

French Minister of the Armed Forces Ms Florence Parly welcomes the order on 25 August 2020 by the General Directorate of Armaments (DGA) of 3 Airbus A330 planes, announced on 9 June as part of the government plan to support the aeronautical industry. The contract is worth 200 million euros. The first two aircraft will be delivered at the end of 2020 and the third one in 2022.

These three A330s will eventually be converted into Phenix MRTT (Multi-Role Tanker Transport) military aircraft. They will then complete the 12 MRTTs expected by 2023, bringing the Air Force’s MRTT fleet to 15 aircraft, in accordance with the final objective enshrined in the Military Planning Law (LPM).

This order will make it possible to anticipate the withdrawal from service of the 2 A340s and 2 A310s of the French Air Force, and ultimately simplify the management of the fleet of these strategic military aircraft on the basis of the unique MRTT Phenix model.

The advance order for these 3 A330 aircraft is a concrete and immediate measure of the support of the Ministry of the Armed Forces for the aeronautical industrial sector. The total amount of orders that will be placed by the DGA as part of the support of the Ministry of the Armed Forces to the aeronautics industry (advance orders for planes, helicopters and drones) will amount to 600 million euros, completed by more than 230 million euros for the acquisition of helicopters for the benefit of Civil Protection and the National Gendarmerie.

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