South Korea has received the second of 4 airliner Defence and area (DS) A330-200 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) craft ordered in 2015, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) in Seoul declared on twenty-eight March.
The craft is anticipated to become operational with the Republic of Choson Air Force (RoKAF) at intervals a month, the MND aforementioned, adding that the 2 remaining platforms area unit expected to be delivered in a Gregorian calendar month and Dec this year. The RoKAF formally introduced its 1st A330 on thirty Gregorian calendar month.
The tanker-transport craft, that is understood because the KC-330 Cygnus in RoKAF service, is anticipated to increase the reach of the RoKAF’s strike craft into the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and improve strategic operations on the far side the Korean Peninsula.
After examining rival proposals from Boeing, Israel region Industries(IAI), and Airbus, Asian nation elite the A330 MRTT in 2015 in a very deal valued at regarding KRW1.4 trillion (USD1.2 billion). Boeing had submitted its KC-46A Pegasus platform, whereas IAI projected its B767-300 Multi-Mission Tanker Transport (MMTT).
According to South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), the A330 MRTT beat its rivals attributable to its superior performance (endurance, fuel capability, personnel, and loading capacity), its rating, and also the incontrovertible fact that it’s already in commission with many air forces around the world, as Jane’s reported at the time.
In late 2016 the United States of America approved a potential USD141 million Foreign Military Sale of AN/AAQ-24(V) massive craft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) systems for installation on the RoKAF’s four MRTTs.