The Airbus A310 MRTT is an aerial refueling tanker derived from the civilian Airbus A310 aircraft. It was designed as a dual-role air refueling tanker and cargo plane. Previously, the Airbus A310 was operated as a pure transport aircraft.
The Airbus A310 MRTT is a version derived from the Airbus A310 large aircraft. It was manufactured and modified by EADS / Airbus.
Two A320 aircraft of Canadian Air Forces were converted to the MRTT configurations. They were designated CC-150 Polaris.
For the air-to air refueling role, Airbus A310 MRTT has a similar fuel capacity to KC-135R. The total fuel capacity is up to 96,920l (25,605USgl). Thanks to larger cabin, it can be used flexibly for many purposes, offering good capacity for cargo, troop transport, VIP transport and other uses. Airbus hopes to sell the A320 MRTT to some countries that need to replace Boeing 707s for use as tankers.
Four A310 MRTT aircraft are in service with the German Air Force. They also were the first customer of the Airbus A310 MRTT.
The first operational use with the German Luftwaffe took place on 4 February, 2009 when the German Eurofighter aircraft was refueled.
Pakistan has also ordered the A310 MRTT aircraft although it is no longer in production.
- Crew: 3 or 4 flight crews (2 pilots and other flight crew)
- Capacity: 214 passengers
- Load capacity: 61,729 lb disposable fuel / 79,366 lb (28,000 kg / 36,000 kg) non-fuel
- Length: 155 ft 5 in (47.4m)
- Wingspan: 144 ft (43.9m)
- Height: 51 ft 10 in (15.8m)
- Airfoil: low wing / sweep
- Empty weight: 251.324 lb (113.999 kg)
- Max takeoff weight: 361,554 lb (163,998 kg)
- Powerplant: 2 × General Electric CF6-80C2 or Pratt & Whitney PW4152 turbofan engines, 59.000 lbf (262 kN) thrust each.