Military A330 MRTT Leaves On Delivery Flight To Australia
By Steve Hall
May 29, 2011 - The first Airbus Military A330 MRTT new
generation tanker/transport for the Royal Australian Air
Force (RAAF) left Madrid on its ferry flight to
Australia. Designated the KC-30A in RAAF service, the
aircraft is scheduled to arrive at RAAF Base Amberley,
Queensland on Monday 30 May, and to be formally handed
over to the RAAF in the next few days.
its ferry flight, the A330 MRTT is being flown by Airbus
Military and RAAF crews, and will transit via McCarran
(Nevada) and Hickam (Hawaii) in the USA. The aircraft is
the second converted by Qantas Defense Services in
Brisbane, which was returned to Madrid for painting and
will be joined by the second aircraft for the RAAF in
June, and two further aircraft later in the year. The
fifth and final aircraft ordered by the RAAF, which
arrived in Brisbane for conversion a few days ago, will
be delivered next year.
arrival of the aircraft at RAAF Amberley follows an extensive
development and test program for what is the world?s only
certified and flying new generation tanker/transport aircraft.
Civil Supplemental Type Certificate was obtained in March 2010,
and the military certification in October.
service the A330 MRTT will be equipped with two underwing
refueling pods, the fly-by-wire Airbus Military Aerial Refueling
Boom System (ARBS), and a Universal Aerial Refueling Receptacle
Slipway Installation (UARRSI) enabling it to be refueled from
another tanker. It is powered by two General Electric CF6-80E
engines. It is equipped with a comprehensive defensive aids
suite (DAS) and fitted with 270 passenger seats.
received its supplemental type certificate from European civil
certification Authority EASA in March 2010 and military
certification from Spanish Authority INTA in October, the Airbus
Military A330 MRTT is the only new generation strategic
tanker/transport aircraft flying and available today.
The large 111 tons/ 245,000 LB basic fuel capacity of the successful A330-200 airliner, from which it is derived, enables the A330 MRTT to excel in Air-to-Air Refueling missions without the need for any additional fuel tank. The A330 MRTT is offered with a choice of proven air-to-air refueling systems including an advanced Airbus Military Aerial Refueling Boom System, and/or a pair of under-wing hose and drogue pods, and/or a Fuselage Refueling Unit.
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