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
air show; Paris
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
. 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. Australia