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Saudi military inks Airbus deal

The Royal Saudi Air Force has ordered three additional A330 tanker aircraft, EADS has revealed.

Saudi military inks Airbus deal
AIRBUS DEAL: Saudis order three additional A330 tanker aircraft. (Getty Images)

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Defence and Aviation has ordered three additional A330 tanker aircraft for use in air-to-air refuelling missions, Airbus’ parent company European Aeronautic Defence and Space (EADS) has revealed.

The Royal Saudi Air Force inked a deal for three aircraft in 2008, so the new order brings the total to six. Delivery of the first A330 aircraft is scheduled for 2011, EADS said in a statement.

Financial terms of the contract, which also includes an in-service support package, were not disclosed.

The A330 tanker, which is used in air-to-air refuelling missions, competes directly with a Boeing aerial tanker based on its 767 aircraft.

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