Canadian Air Force CC-150T MRTT – Combi Carriers, have twin pylon-mounted Mk32B hose-and- droque refuelling pods – one near each wingtip. Pods are powered by the small, slipstream-driven propellers on their nose. Here shown refuelling two Canadian CF-18 Hornets
The A310 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) is a military derivative of the Airbus A310-300 airliner. It is designed as a dual-role air refueling tanker and cargo transport aircraft. At a price tag in the region of US $30m for a modified second-hand machine, such an aircraft should prove attractive to potential customers. The A310 MRTT can only be made from refurbished airliners, or as an upgrade to A310s already used by air forces as the production of A310 has stopped.
The conversion involves
- Installation of two AAR pods, one under each wing
- Four additional fuel tanks (extra 28,000 kg)—giving total capacity of almost 78,000 kg
- Fuel Operator Station (FOS) to control fuel offload, cameras etc., military radios and exterior lighting. For MRTT, a remote surveillance of approaching/refueling process with a night-vision capable video system had to be developed. This system (developed by a small company from Germany called FTI group) allows operation both with visible light and also near-infrared radiation.
- Reinforced wings and aircraft floor
- Minor cockpit modifications.
The Canadian Air Force boosted their strategic airlift capability with five ex-Wardair/Canadian Airlines International A310s in 1992/93. Redesignated CC-150 Polaris, the five aircraft were delivered in a 194-seat passenger configuration, but four were subsequently converted by Sogerma in Bordeaux to a passenger/cargo combi layout. Two of those were later converted to MRTT – Combi Carriers.The fifth aircraft remains in a VIP layout. All are operated by 437 Squadron at 8 Wing, Trenton, Ontario.
Photo source: Canadian Department of National Defence