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The KC-30A will be capable of refueling
F/A-18 Hornets, F/A-18F Super Hornets,
F-111s, Wedgetail Airborne Early
Warning and Control and the F-35 Joint
Strike Fighter, or transporting troops
domestically or internationally.
Commanding O cer 33 Squadron,
WGCDR Guy Wilson said Australia is the
rst customer for the MRTT.
"The KC-30A is going to be
indisputably the world's best tanker,"
WGCDR Wilson said.
"It has a very large fuel load of 111
tonnes, stored in the wings and in the
centre of the fuselage."
"The aircraft also o ers the two
di erent types of refuelling systems --
the 'hose and drogue' system on the
wings and a 'boom system' from the
The Air Refuelling Operator sits
behind the pilots, facing the rear of
the aircraft, working the boom and the
hoses and the associated systems such
as fuel pumps.
They communicate with the 'receivers',
aircraft that are refuelling, and
coordinate their movement around the
The Air-Refuelling Operator then
controls the air refuelling equipment
to make the initial contact with the
KC-30A - World’s best tanker for the RAAF
receiver and commence fuel ow.
Monitors inside the cabin display
three-dimensional vision of the
refuelling equipment fed from aircraft's
six on-board cameras.
In the aircraft's transport role,
permanent seating allows for the
transport of up to 270 passengers.
"The RAAF will use the aircraft as an
inter-theatre air lifter, which means
that we can move personnel around
between two di erent theatres of
operation," WGCDR Wilson said.
"We can use the aircraft to deploy
people into the Middle East or wherever
The RAAF's new Airbus KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft will provide Air Force with a
versatile combination of personnel carrier and large capacity fuel tanker.
as long as the runway is long and
strong enough and there is enough
space to park it."
"Under the passenger cabin are the
cargo holds, which can take eight
military style pallets, which is more than
a Hercules, or we can t 26 'LD3' (airline
Engines on the new Airbus are
powerful and very fuel-e cient.
The four engines on the Squadron's
previous tanker, the Boeing 707 burned
as much fuel, yet had only 25% of the
power of the KC-30A's two General
All ve aircraft are being built as
'green', unmodi ed A330-200s at the
Airbus facility in Toulouse, France.
The rst aircraft was own to Spain
and converted into a tanker at the
Airbus Military facility at Getafe.
The second and third, with four and
ve to follow, were own in their 'green'
state to Brisbane for modi cation into
The size and weight of the KC-30A
meant that the air eld at Amberley had
to be signi cantly upgraded.
Above: KC-30A refuelling an F/A-18 Hornet.
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