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KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport Aircraft

KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport Aircraft

Based on the Airbus commercial A330 airliner, the KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft provides the Australian Defence Force and its allies with a global reach, aerial refuelling, and airlift capability.

The KC-30A features advanced communication and navigation systems, and an electronic warfare self-protection system for shielding against threats from surface-to-air missiles.

The KC-30A MRTT is fitted with two forms of air-to-air refuelling systems, namely 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 1,800 kilometres 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 underfloor cargo compartments which can accommodate 34,000 kilograms of military and civilian cargo pallets and containers.

Australia’s seven KC-30A aircraft are based at RAAF Base Amberley, operated by No. 33 Squadron.


RAAF conducts successful refuelling trials with Japan
The Royal Australian Air Force has conducted refuelling trials for the first time with F-15J Eagle fighter jets from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force.
May 01 2023
Local maintenance priority for new KC-30A tanker charter
Northrop Grumman Australia has signed a charter with the Royal Australian Air Force for improved maintenance support for the KC-30A multi-role tanker transport fleet.
March 03 2023