The Royal Australian Air Force has selected Northrop Grumman for an A$84 million ($59 million), six-year support package for its special purpose aircraft fleet used to transport VIPs.
Under the package, Northrop will provide logistics, maintenance, engineering, and support for the fleet, which is comprises a pair of Boeing Business Jets 737s as well as three Bombardier Challenger CL604s, which are being replaced by three Dassault Falcon 7Xs.
The company will also support an Airbus Defence & Space A330 Multi-role Tanker Transport (MRTT) specially equipped for VIP use that will arrive later this year. The A330 MRTT is designated as the KC-30A in Australian service.
This will be Canberra’s seventh, and final, KC-30A. It will have VVIP accommodation allowing Australia’s prime minister, for example, to fly long-haul routes on government business along with accompanying staff and journalists.