French Aviation magazine Air & Cosmos has just reported, according to government and industry sources, that the Republic of Singapore Air Force has signed for six Airbus A330 MRTT tanker aircrafts to replace the current four KC-135, and relieving the KC-130s from tanker duties. The Airbus edges out on competition from Boeing’s KC-46 and Israeli 767 MMTT Conversion. This comes after Airbus bidded their ‘’best and final offer’’ to Singapore in May 30 2013. It is likely that RSiAF A330 will be fitted with a cargo door enabling the aircraft to carry out frieght transport like the Stratotanker, if delivered before the French, Singapore will be the first MRTT user to be equipped with the moditfication.
While there has yet to be an official release from Mindef Singapore or Airbus Defense, it is likely that this will be one of the announcements for the up coming Singapore Air Show this February. It is possible that training can be outsourced to Singapore Airlines, who also operates 22 A330-300s, and is also equipped with the A330 Full Flight Simulators. With expertise with A330 Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) , ST Aerospace will likely remain to be the maintenance agent for the A330 MRTT