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Gerhard Heiming

The first A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) MRTT arrived at its main operating base in Eindhoven on 30th June 2020, with the next seven expected to arrive by 2024, while there is an option for three more. The programme is managed by the European Defence Agency (EDA) and though OCCAR has taken over procurement, the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) is responsible for fleet life cycle management during the operational phase as NATO owns the aircraft. On the initiative of the Netherlands and Luxembourg, the A330 MRTTs are being procured by six NATO nations (in addition to the initiators: Belgium, Germany, Norway and the Czech Republic) to be operated by a multi-national unit from the Eindhoven and Cologne sites, each housing five and three aircraft respectively. The usage times correspond to the financial commitment of the nations and Germany has pledged its contribution for three of the machines.

The A330 MRTT is considered one of the most modern new generation tanker aircraft currently available and has an operating experience of more than 200,000 flight hours in service. The A330 MRTT is interoperable with receivers worldwide and offers true multi-purpose capabilities, as demonstrated by recent MEDEVAC and strategic transport missions in the context of the COVID 19 pandemic.