Two UAE military tankers will get low IR signature engine

DUBAI, ($1=3.67 Emirati Dirhams) — The United Arab Emirates has five Airbus A330 air tankers, three of which are equipped and powered by Rolls-Royce engines. BulgarianMilitary.com has learned that at the end of last year Rolls-Royce agreed to equip the other two with a Trent 700 engine, again of the famous brand. The decision was made at the end of November 2021 during an air show in Dubai.

Two UAE air military tankers will get low IR signature engine
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The Trent 700 is not a random engine. It is known that currently, 700 A330s powered by this engine are flying around the world. Rolls-Royce says the engine has another 100 orders for the coming years. According to information provided by the company, Trent 700 accumulates 700,000 working hours each month.

Trent 700 is the preferred solution for military transport aircraft. It is known for its very low infrared signature, very low amount of visible smoke, as well as increasing its productivity by at least 10% at high altitudes.

According to its characteristics, the engine has a technological solution that reduces fuel consumption, is much quieter and quieter than its competitors.

Jay Dagher, Vice President, Defense Business Development – Middle East of Rolls-Royce says that Rolls-Royce has provided reliable support for its military products in the UAE and the emirate is a very important market for the company. “We look very much forward to growing this relationship as we look to build upon that strong foundation through identifying and nurturing further strategic partnerships necessary for mutual success,” he says.

Two UAE air military tankers will get low IR signature engine
Photo credit: Rolls-Royce

The A330 MRTT is an effective tanker based on the unmatched fuel capacity that allows it to offload more fuel at any given distance than any competitor. To refuel receptacle-equipped aircraft such as the F-16 Fighting Falcon, F-35A Lightning II, or another A330 MRTT [when fitted with a Universal Aerial Refuelling Receptacle Slipway Installation, UARRSI], the A330 MRTT is provided with the advanced Airbus Defense and Space Aerial Refuelling Boom System [ARBS].

Its fast fuel flow rate [up to a maximum of 3,600 kg/min – 1,200 US gal/min] makes the ARBS the most capable new-generation flight-proven boom available. Excellent handling qualities are provided for the operation of the ARBS, rated as such by independent assessments.

Under-wing pods provide simultaneous hose and drug refueling at a high fuel offload rate [1,300 kg/min – 420 US gal/min], allowing receivers to minimize refueling time and increase operational efficiency.

The Cobham 905E under-wing pods, currently in service and proven in operation, enable the A330 MRTT to refuel any NATO or allied probe-equipped receivers such as the Eurofighter, the Tornado, the Jaguar, or the F/A18 Hornet. The A330 MRTT physical compatibility with receivers across the world is established, demonstrated, and certified to allow coalition interoperability.

The 900 series wing pods incorporate a digitally controlled and electrically operated hose drum unit, optimizing reliability and maintainability.

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