Phoenixes of the Estérel

There is change in the air for the French Air and Space Force Transport Squadron 3/60 ‘Estérel’. Babak Taghvaee reports on recent developments and future plans

On February 5, 2021, the Airbus A330 MultiRole Tanker Transport F-RADC with the call-sign CTM1032 flew to Al Alamain International Airport in Egypt 
Babak Taghvaee
The Airbus A310-304, registry F-RADB, with CTM1103 call-sign, can be seen departing Charles de Gaulle Airport for a four-hour training flight to Lyon, France on February 5, 2021 
Babak Taghvaee

Two of the three Airbus A330 aircraft ordered for €200m by the French government are now operational with the third due to arrive in 2022. The initial pair for the French Air and Space Force’s (AAE) Transport Squadron 3/60 ‘Estérel’ have been in operation since December. The third A330 is a new production aircraft.

The air force’s aim is to convert the three A330s into its multi-role tanker transport (MRTT) ‘Phoenix’ types to complement the fleet of 12 MRTTs that are expected to be in place by 2023.

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