Tuesday, 18 December 2018

France orders three more Airbus A330 MRTT tankers


Madrid, 13 December 2018 – Airbus Defence and Space has received a firm order from the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) for a further three A330 MRTT Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircraft.
The aircraft, known as Phénix in French service, constitute the third and final tranche of the multi-year contract for 12 A330 MRTTs signed by the French Ministry of Defence in 2014.
The first of the fleet was formally handed over in October and the remainder will be delivered by the end of 2023 under an accelerated timescale requested by France.
In French service the A330 MRTT will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines and equipped with a combination of the Airbus Refuelling Boom System and underwing hose-and-drogue refuelling pods. The aircraft can be configured in a variety of layouts carrying up to 272 passengers as well as medevac arrangements including the French MORPHEE intensive care module carrying up to ten patients as well as 88 passengers.
The combat-proven A330 MRTT has been ordered by 12 nations which have now placed firm orders for 60 aircraft, of which 34 have been delivered.
Source: www.airbus.com 
Published on Nov 13, 2018
First A330 MRTT to the French Air Force

Project 20380 corvette Gromky complete sea trails

Project 20380 corvette Gromky

Sea trials for corvette Gromky wrap up in Russia

December 17, 11:44UTC+3

After the state testing the corvette will join the Pacific Fleet

VLADIVOSTOK, December 17. /TASS/. The sea part of the state testing for Project 20380 corvette Gromky, built for the Pacific Fleet, has ended in the Primorsky Region, the Department for Information Support of the Eastern Military District Press Service for the Pacific Fleet reported.

"During the state testing, the ship’s crew and representatives for the plant trial crew carried out the maneuver and speed testing of the corvette in cooperation with members of the state admission board, as well as checked the operation of all sets, systems and bends, navigation and radio technical means and the ship’s arms," the report says.

Up to 10 naval ships and support vessels, Tu-22M3 missile carriers of the long-range aviation, MiG-31 and Su-35 fighters and Tu-142 and Il-38 antisubmarine ships were used to provide the operational testing of the corvette.

After the state testing the corvette will join the Pacific Fleet.

Source: tass.com