Royal Australian Air Force Aircraft
KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport

The Royal Australian Air Force operates five KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transports (MRTT) from No 33 Squadron located at RAAF Base Amberley.

The KC-30A MRTT is a heavily modified Airbus A330 airliner used for air-to-air refuelling and strategic transport. The KC-30A is able to refuel Air Force's F/A-18A/B Hornets and F/A-18F Super Hornets, and when fully operational will also be able to refuel the E-7A Wedgetail, C-17A Globemaster III, and other KC-30As. It will also be compatible with refuelling the P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft and F-35A Lightning II when these aircraft enter Air Force service.

The KC-30A MRTT is fitted with two forms of air-to-air refuelling systems - an Aerial Refuelling Boom System mounted on the tail of the aircraft, which comprises a 'fly-by-wire' boom refuel system; and a pair of all-electric refuelling pods underneath each wing, which unreel a hose-and-drogue to refuel probe-equipped aircraft. These systems are controlled by an Air Refuelling Operator in the cockpit, who can view refuelling on 2D and 3D screens.

The KC-30A MRTT has a fuel capacity of more than 100 tonnes, and can remain 1800km from its home base with 50 tonnes of fuel available to offload for up to four hours. In its transport role, the KC-30A is capable of carrying 270 passengers, comes with under-floor cargo compartments and will be able to accommodate 34,000kgs of military and civilian cargo pallets and containers.

Advanced mission systems are also 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 are operated by No 33 Squadron located at RAAF Base Amberley.

Manufacturer Airbus Military
Role Air-to-air refuelling, long-range troop transport
Crew Pilot, co-pilot, one air refuelling officer, one mission coordinator, up to eight crew attendants
Engine Two General Electric CF6-80E1A3
Airframe Height 17.4m, Length: 59m
Wingspan 60.3m
Weight 233 tonnes (maximum take-off weight), 180 tonnes (maximum landing weight)
Cruise Speed 860 km/h
Range 14,800 kms
Ceiling 41,000 feet
Capacity Up to 270 passengers, or 34,000 kgs of cargo or 111 tonnes of fuel