Advertising
  • News
  • Defence
  • Manufacturers & Airframes
  • RAAF A330 MRTT fleet achieves final operational capability

RAAF A330 MRTT fleet achieves final operational capability

The Royal Australian Air Force has achieved final operational capability for its fleet of Airbus Defence & Space A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircraft.

Designated as the KC-30A in RAAF service, the milestone signifies that the full capability of the aircraft, including using its refueling boom, is now available.

“This is a significant milestone for the fleet, which is now able to refuel a range of aircraft from our Air Force and our international partners,” says defence minister Marise Payne.

The RAAF took delivery of its first KC-30 in 2011, and initial operating capability was achieved in 2013.

Chief of air force Air Marshall Leo Davies says that the tanker has undergone a wide range of operational test and evaluation activities, including refueling United States Air Force F-35A Lightning II aircraft.

“This was a vital test of the KC-30A, to ensure we are prepared for our future force, including our F-35A arriving in late 2018,” he adds.

The KC-30s have been used for some time in both transport and taker roles. It has played a key role supporting Australian, US and other allied aircraft being used in the Middle East to attack Islamic State targets.

Airbus Defence & Space and the RAAF recently announced a deal to further develop the KC-30’s capabilities, which will include research into automating the aircraft’s boom refueling process.

Australia operates five KC-30s, and is acquiring two more A330-200s for conversion to KC-30s from CIT Aerospace. Those additional aircraft, which will also serve as VIP transports, will be delivered in 2017 and 2019.

Advertising
Related Content
Advertising