RAAF conducts first flight for new air tanker KC-30A
KC-30A (Photo from RAAF) The Royal Australian Air Force KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transports are five Airbus A330s that have been modifi...
|KC-30A (Photo from RAAF)|
The Royal Australian Air Force KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transports are five Airbus A330s that have been modified for air-to-air refueling and personnel transport. KC-30As will be capable of refueling F/A-18 Hornets, F-111s, Airborne Early Warning and Control Wedgetails and Joint Strike Fighters, or transporting troops domestically or internationally.
The aircraft will be fitted with Aerial Refueling Boom System (ARBS), comprising a 'fly-by-wire' boom refuel system and all-electric probe-and-drogue systems. In its transport role, the KC-30A will be capable of carrying 270 passengers. Under-floor cargo compartments will be able to accommodate 34,000kgs of military and civilian cargo pallets and containers.
Advanced mission systems will also be fitted. They include the Link 16 real-time data-link, military communications and navigation suites, and an electronic warfare self-protection system for protection against threats from surface-to-air missiles.
The KC-30As will be operated by No 33 Squadron located at RAAF Base Amberley.