EADS comments on 6-9 month MRTT delay

Australia’s Ministry of Defense has confirmed the first KC-30 will be delivered at least six to nine months late.

This delay will surely play a factor in the currently suspended debate about the US Air Force KC-X tanker selection, whenever the incoming Obama administration gets around to restarting source selection.

Meanwhile, here’s the EADS statement on the current situation with the multi-role tanker transport (MRTT) program in Australia.


The reasons for the adjustment are really three fold: 

1.  the mutualdecision by EADS and RAAF to take the aircraft to the Paris air show;

2.  the RAAF directedchanges to the MRTT configuration following contract award which has served toextend the development and testing program (including modifications to therefueling and avionics systems);

3.  the RAAF hasrequested additional flight testing to ensure a more robust mission system whendelivered. 

Therefore aircraft #1 will continue in an extended flighttest program, while in-country modifications to A/C 2-5 continue on pace in Australia.  Even so, the date for Full Operational Capability(FOC) remains as it has always been  –2011.  In the end A/C 2 may reach theflight line before #1 in order to facilitate the extended test and validationprogram.

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2 Responses to EADS comments on 6-9 month MRTT delay

  1. Ken Taylor 26 November, 2008 at 4:10 am #

    Mmmmmmmmmm Paris Air Show 5 days!

    Changes to the refueling and avionics systems, like what? I thought all this had been thoroughly tested and re-tested, is the RAAF not happy with their own specifications.

    It would seem there could be more to this delay than meets the eye.

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