Do these aircraft have some sort of defence system installed ? I assume only flares if anything at all ?
I would think flares at minimum with a more sophisticated system at least offered or else installed by the customer.
I read a while ago that the MRTT may be getting Command and Control / COMINT / ELINT (ISR) capabilities which i'm sure will require a good defense system among other upgrades like EMP/EMF hardening (if it doesn't already have this) among others like ECM.http://www.sldinfo.com/tanker-2-0-the-a ... bal-fleet/https://www.flightglobal.com/news/artic ... li-434688/https://www.flightglobal.com/news/artic ... ng-426581/
The aircraft is definitely big enough to do a lot more than it can. With the palletized mission systems (like used on the C-295) that can be easily and quickly switched out, there is a lot of potential in this bird.
When production is eventually switched to the -800NEO, Airbus should IMO add a weapons bay (for MPA role, and/other munitions) too.