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​RAAF orders two additional KC-30A tankers

The Royal Australian Air Force will obtain an additional pair of Airbus Defence and Space KC-30A multi-role tanker transports (MRTT).

The two additional aircraft, which are based on the Airbus A330-200 airliner, will bring Australia’s fleet of the type to seven aircraft when they are delivered in 2018, says Australian defence minister Kevin Andrews in a statement.

The A330 MRTT is designated the KC-30A in Australian service. The two aircraft to be converted are now in service with Qantas Airways.

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The new aircraft will be covered under an update to Canberra’s current acquisition for the contract with Airbus, and the cost of the deal is pegged at A$408 million ($314 million).

The Australian deal comes shortly after two major wins for the A330 programme. China’s state aviation regulator signed a tentative deal for up to 75 A330s, a general agreement for 45 aircraft and a memorandum of understanding for 30, and South Korea announced that it had down selected the A330 MRTT over the Boeing KC-46A Pegasus for a four aircraft requirement.

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