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France to buy refuelling planes from Spain

Source : IANS
Last Updated: Sat, Oct 20, 2012 05:40 hrs

Madrid, Oct 20 (IANS/EFE) France's defence minister announced here Friday that his country will purchase 14 aerial refuelling tanker aircraft from Spain.

Jean-Yves Le Drian shared the news with reporters after touring the Airbus Military Conversion Center in the Madrid industrial suburb of Getafe and meeting with Spanish counterpart Pedro Morenes.

Airbus A-330 jetliners made in the southern French city of Toulouse are sent to the facility in Getafe for the modifications needed to convert them into Multi Role Tanker Transports (MRTT).

The French defence chief observed the conversion process, climbed into the cockpit of one MRTT and explored the plane's capabilities in a 3-D simulation.



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