AirTanker preferred bidder for RAF tanker
28 Feb 2005
The AirTanker consortium has been selected as Preferred Bidder for the Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft (FSTA) programme. FSTA is a Private Finance Initiative programme for a modern air refuelling aircraft for the Royal Air Force (RAF). The MoD now enters final negotiations with AirTanker Ltd.
The programme has an estimated whole life value of around £13Bn and is expected to provide the RAF with Air Refuelling capability under a 27-year service contract. Contracts have not been placed at this stage.
AirTanker Ltd comprises EADS, Rolls-Royce, Cobham, VT Group and Thales. The tanker will be based on the Airbus A330-200 fitted with wing-mounted hose-and-drogue pods to deliver up to 65 tonnes of fuel at a distance of 1,000 from base. All of the fuel is carried within the existing fuel tanks in the wings and tail, leaving the cabin free for 295 seats or cargo.
- UK Ministry of Defence