Spain Defence Ministry Signs For Three Airbus Conversions

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Spain’s defense ministry has formally signed the order with Airbus for the acquisition of three Airbus A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft. As well as the conversions, the contract covers spares, ground support equipment, training, and in-service support.

The aircraft were formerly operated by Spain’s national airline, Iberia, and will undergo conversion to MRTT standard at the Airbus plant at Getafe in Madrid’s southern suburbs.

Spain has become the ninth customer for the A330MRTT, joining Australia, France, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, UAE, UK, and NATO’s Multinational MRTT Fleet.

Separately, the Spanish government submitted a formal request for information earlier this month regarding the acquisition of 50 Lockheed Martin F-35s, split equally between the F-35A to replace some of the EdA’s EF-18 Hornet fleet and the STOVL F-35B to replace the Spanish navy’s EAV-8B Matadors (Harrier IIs).

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