2008-03-30 - AirTanker wins RAF dealAirTanker wins RAF tanker lease deal at last
A330 Tanker für die Royal Air Force<br /> AirTanker, the EADS-led consortium, has signed a 27 year contract with the UK Ministry of Defence for the provision of air transport and air refuelling capability to the Royal Air Force.
The AirTanker consortium has also completed its financing for the programme, raising approx £2.5 billion (3.2 billion) for investment in the fleet, a new state-of-the-art operational base and associated infrastructure. The Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft (FSTA) programme includes the provision of a fleet of 14 new tanker aircraft, based on the latest generation Airbus A330-200 to enter service from 2011, replacing the previous fleet of VC-10 and Tristar refuelling aircraft. The contract also includes provision for all necessary infrastructure, training, maintenance, flight management, fleet management and ground services to enable the RAF to fly air-to-air refuelling and transport missions worldwide. The A330 FSTA aircraft will be more than 50% British by value. Through this agreement, EADS will become the RAF's leading supplier of transport aircraft, complementing its existing commitment to supply 25 A400M aircraft to the UK forces.