KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport

The KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) is a heavily modified Airbus A330 airliner that enables 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.

The Air Force's seven KC-30A aircraft are based at RAAF Base Amberley, operated by No. 33 Squadron.

Since September 2014, a single KC-30A has been deployed to the Middle East Region for Operation OKRA.

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/A-18A/B Hornets;

             F/A-18F Super Hornets;

             E/A-18G Growlers;

             E-7A Wedgetails;

             C-17A Globemaster III; and

             Other KC-30As.

It is also compatible with refuelling P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft, F-35A Lightning II, and foreign aircraft such as the F-16C Fighting Falcon and B-1B Lancer.

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.

Content is current as at November 2020.