Monday, May 4, 2020

Circuit breaker Day 28 pix: Republic of Singapore Air Force Airbus MRTT TLD TMX-550 tow tractor

Pushback tugs or aircraft tow tractors are the work horses of the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Air Power Generation Command. This is 9198 MID, a European-built TLD TMX-550 which is the latest RSAF tow tractor. Note: the four pole-mounted spot lights behind the orange beacon on the roof are NOT part of the vehicle.

9198 MID was bought for the RSAF's Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aerial refuelling tanker aircraft. The TMX-550 measures 8.83m long and is 2.98m wide, and has steering wheels at both ends. Despite its flat compact look, the vehicle packs a gross weight of more than 55,000 kg.

Clyde Machines tow bar for the Airbus A330, A340-200, A340-300.

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