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PICTURES: Singapore's first A330 tanker makes public debut

The Republic of Singapore Air Force's first Airbus A330 multi-role tanker/transport made its public debut on 1 September, taking part in the service's 50th anniversary parade.

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Republic of Singapore Air Force

Sporting special anniversary markings and the service registration 761, the adapted widebody had been flown to Singapore's Changi West air base in mid-August from Airbus Defence & Space's modification site in Getafe, near Madrid.

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Airbus Defence & Space

The nation will eventually field a six-strong fleet of the tanker/transports, as replacements for its ageing Boeing KC-135Rs.

Airbus says the refuelling boom- and underwing hose-and-drogue-equipped type will also provide the nation's air force with "greater cargo and passenger transport capabilities, and enhance its ability to contribute to international humanitarian assistance and disaster relief and peace support operations".

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