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Paramount
9th Mar 2008, 21:20
Selection of the Northrop Grumman KC-30 Tanker by the U.S. Air Force, a system based on EADSí A330 MRTT (Multi Role Tanker Transport) and designated by the USAF as the KC-45A, will significantly increase EADSí industrial presence and commitment in the United States, as well as its role as a U.S.-based defence and homeland security provider.

EADS North America is the partner to Northrop Grumman on the new tanker, with responsibility for assembling airframes and providing completed flight-qualified aircraft and refuelling sub-systems.

The KC-45A Tanker is based on the EADS A330 MRTT (Multi Role Tanker Transport). Its airframe is derived from the popular A330 jetliner produced by EADSí Airbus Division, of which more than 880 have been ordered worldwide in passenger and freighter configurations. The Military Transport Aircraft Division (MTAD) is responsible within the EADS Group for all military derivative programmes based on Airbus platforms, including tankers.
This latest success in a series of competitions worldwide confirms the EADS-based military tanker as the best solution available on the market. Following its purchase by the Royal Australian Air Force, the MRTT solution has been officially ordered by the Royal Saudi Air Force and the UAE Air Force, as well as selected by the Royal Air Force of the UK.

Selection of the KC-45A Tanker was announced today by the U.S. Air Force, culminating a multi-year evaluation. The programme award calls for 179 aircraft with an estimated contract value of US$ 40 billion. The initial KC-45A contract for Northrop Grumman covers four System Design and Development aircraft and is valued at US$ 1.5 billion.

Source: www.eads.net

Good news for Airbus. And Mobile, Alabama.

Not sure Boeing is thrilled though.

StoneyBridge Radar
9th Mar 2008, 22:19
Have you been on Mars for the past week...?

PPRuNe Towers
9th Mar 2008, 22:21
http://www.pprune.org/forums/showthread.php?t=315624