The third KC-30 destined for the Royal Australian Air Force has flown for the first time.
October 19: The third KC-30 destined for the Royal Australian Air Force has flown for the first time from Qantas Engineering’s facility in Brisbane.
Based upon the Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT), the RAAF is set to receive five aircraft, the first of which will be delivered later this year.
The first two KC-30s for Australia have performed more than 1,300 aerial refuelling contacts and transferred more than one million pounds of fuel using the Aerial Refuelling Boom System (ARBS) and digital under-wing refuelling pods. The aircraft is configured with a Link 16 real-time data link for airborne connectivity, along with a directional infrared countermeasures (DIRCM) system, among other defensive systems.
During the four-hour the aircraft reached an altitude of 41,000ft and performed a series of pre-planned trials of test equipment, handling qualities, performance and systems in a full range of mission situations.