Voyager: increased operational capability
The RAF retains full control of operational tasking of Voyager in a military capacity, including air-to-air refuelling, aeromedical evacuation plus cargo and passenger transport, delivered by aircraft flying on the Military Aircraft Register (MAR).
AirTanker owns, manages and maintains the aircraft, providing the infrastructure, support, training facilities and personnel in support of Numbers 10 and 101 Squadrons. This includes Sponsored Reservist engineers and pilots who are employed directly by AirTanker.
RAF Voyager, a fly-by-wire Airbus A330 long range, twin engine Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft, introduces game changing technology to the RAF fleet.
The KC2 has two under-wing pods, which can be used to refuel two fast jets simultaneously; and the KC3, is a three point capable tanker with the flexibility to carry an additional centre line fuselage refuelling unit (FRU) for refuelling larger aircraft.
Each aircraft has a 111 tonne fuel capacity, without the requirement of additional tanks leaving its cargo and passenger capacity uncompromised with a payload of 43 tonnes and 291 passengers. It can also be configured to include a 40 stretcher aeromedical evacuation capability.
The configuration of the RAF Voyager fleet is defined by the RAF and the MOD according to its operational need, up to 14 aircraft.
The MOD’s current assessment of need is for seven three-point capable tankers and two two-point tankers. Its’ agreement with AirTanker, however, includes the flexibility to change this configuration according to its shifting requirements.
This core fleet flies on the Military Aircraft Register (MAR). This is with the exception of at least a single aircraft which flies on the Civilian Aircraft Register (CAR), less its’ military equipment. Tasked by the MOD, its usage includes support of the Falklands air-bridge.
A further five two-point tankers form a surge capability fleet which is at the RAF’s disposal if required.