The KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) is a heavily modified Airbus A330 airliner that allows the Air Force to conduct air-to-air refuelling and provide strategic air lift.
It features advanced communication and navigation systems, and an electronic warfare self-protection system for shielding against threats from surface-to-air missiles.
The Air Force's seven KC-30A aircraft are based at RAAF Base Amberley, operated by No. 33 Squadron.
The KC-30A MRTT is fitted with two forms of air-to-air refuelling systems:
- an Advanced Refuelling Boom System mounted on the tail of the aircraft
- and a pair of all-electric refuelling pods under each wing.
These systems are controlled by an Air Refuelling Operator in the cockpit, who can view refuelling on 2D and 3D screens.
The KC-30A can carry a fuel load of more than 100 tonnes, and transfer part of that load to compatible aircraft, including:
- F-35A Lightning II
- F/A-18F Super Hornets
- E/A-18G Growlers
- E-7A Wedgetails
- C-17A Globemaster III
- P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft
- Other KC-30As
- foreign aircraft such as the F-16C Fighting Falcon and B-1B Lancer.
The KC-30A MRTT can remain 1800 km 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. It comes with under-floor cargo compartments which can accommodate 34,000 kilograms of military and civilian cargo pallets and containers.
|Engines||Two General Electric CF6-80E1A3|
|Cruise speed||860 km/h|
|Weapons||Electronic self-protection measures|