MMF (Multinational MRTT Fleet) Acquisition
Within the Air-to-Air Refuelling Initiative of the EDA several Nations have agreed to co-operate in a multinational Programme: The Multinational MultiRole Tanker Transport Aircraft Fleet which will provide additional tanker and transport aircraft capability in Europe.
The MMF Programme will provide air-to-air refuelling, transport of passengers and cargo and medical evacuations (based on the Airbus A330-200).
The aircraft will be owned by NATO and operated in a pooling arrangement. OCCAR will manage the MMF Acquisition Phase, including the fi rst two years of In-Service Support, as the Contract Executing
Agent for the NATO Support & Procurement Agency (NSPA). NSPA will then be responsible for Life-Cycle Management of the fl eet. The fi rst aircraft delivery is planned for mid 2020.
The Programme was initially launched in July 2016 by The Netherlands and Luxembourg. Germany and Norway joined the Programme in 2017 and Belgium followed in early 2018. This arrangement is open to other European Nations who have expressed their interest and additional aircraft are already considered as options in the current contract to accommodate the potential operational needs of further nations.
The Airbus A330-200 is a new generation strategictanker/transport aircraft. The large 111 tonnes basic fuel capacity enables the aircraft to excel in air-to-air refuelling missions without the need for any additional fuel tanks within the passenger area.
The aircraft is offered with a choice of proven air-to air refuelling systems. Thanks to its true widebody fuselage, it can also be used as a pure transport aircraft able to carry up to 267 troops, or a payload of up to 45 tonnes. It can also be easily converted into Medical Evacuation Confi guration to accommodate up to 6 Intensive Care Units and 16 stretchers.
The contract with Airbus Defence and Space was signed in July 2016 and the Programme Division was setup on 1st September 2016 in Bonn. The MMF contract covered the acquisition of 8 aircraft and options for up to 3 additional aircraft, potentially increasing the total number to 11 aircraft. Many nations are closely following the Programme and showing interest in the additional options available.
A330 MRTT for MMF - Technical Information
The A330 MRTT can perform military air transport, air-to-air refueling and MEDEVAC (Medical Evacuation) roles, including a combination of those roles in one mission.
The aircraft for the MMF is equipped with two under-wing hose & drogue refuellig pods and a refuelling boom.
|Maximum payload||45 000 kg|
|Total Fuel Capacity||111 000 kg|
|Maximum cruise speed||0.82 Mach|
|Range with Maximum Payload||7000 km|
|Ferry Range||14 800 km|
|Overall Length||58.80 m|
|Overall Height||17.38 m|
|Wing Span||60.30 m|
|Crew||3 (2 pilots + 1 Air-to-Air Refueling operator)|
|Maximum Number of Passengers||267|
On 2nd July 2019, the 1st Multinational Multi-Role Tanker Transport Fleet (MMF) Aircraft being converted by Airbus DS in Getafe (Madrid) emerged from the paint facility in Manchester, having been painted in the final colour scheme requested by the MMF Nations (Belgium, Germany, Luxemburg, Netherlands and Norway).
Belgium has now joined the multinational effort to acquire a European fleet of Multi-Role Tanker-Transport (MRTT) Aircraft, thus becoming the fifth nation to participate in this initiative, joining The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany and Norway.
Germany and Norway to join the MMF
In a signing ceremony on 25 September 2017, the current Multinational Multi-Role Tanker Transport Fleet (MMF) contract was amended to include both Germany and Norway as participants to the MMF project along with the Netherlands and Luxembourg.