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United Arab Emirates orders the A330 MRTT air to air refuelling aircraft

from EADS

Madrid, 25 February 2008

United Arab Emirates has announced today the purchase from EADS, through its

Military Transport Aircraft Division, of the A330 MRTT (Multi Role Transport

Tanker) as the new air to air refuelling aircraft for the UAE Air Force &

Air Defense. The A330 MRTT shall be fitted with under wings pods and EADS

CASA Boom system.


Following the contracts signed with the Royal Australian Air Force, Saudi

Arabia and after being selected as preferred bidder for the Future Stategic

Tanker Aircraft (FSTA) in the UK, the UAE decision consolidates further the

A330 MRTT position as the most advanced and capable air-to-air refuelling

aircraft available in the market. The Military Transport Aircraft Division

of EADS, responsible for the design and production of the MRTTs, is

positioned as the key worldwide supplier in the field of tanking and

transport aircraft.


“Nothing speaks louder than success. The fourth selection in a row of the

A330 MRTT in international competitive processes underscores its exceptional

value and capability for the full range of tanker and transport

requirements,” said Carlos Suarez, Head of EADS Military Transport Aircraft

Division and Chairman of EADS Casa.


EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2006,

EADS generated revenues of € 39.4 billion and employed a workforce of about

116,000. The Group includes the aircraft manufacturer Airbus, the world's

largest helicopter supplier Eurocopter and EADS Astrium, the European leader

in space programmes from Ariane to Galileo. Its Defence & Security Division

is a provider of comprehensive systems solutions and makes EADS the major

partner in the Eurofighter consortium as well as a stakeholder in the

missile systems provider MBDA. EADS also develops the A400M through its

Military Transport Aircraft Division.

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