KC-30A refuels F-16D+ Falcon
A Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft has spent a week in Singapore for trials with the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Flight Test Agency, the Department of Defence announced on 24 October.
The trials, carried out by personnel from No. 33 Squadron and the RAAF’s Aircraft Research and Development Unit, saw the KC-30A make its first contact with an RSAF F-16D+ Falcon.
Over the course of the week, the aircraft made 49 contacts and transferred over 35,000 litres of fuel to the F-16D+ via the KC-30A’s Advanced Refuelling Boom System (ARBS). Each contact was made with differing configurations of height, speed and aircraft weight.
The trials were carried out to demonstrate the close working relationship between the RAAF and the RSAF, and to test the KC-30A’s ability to contribute to regional security outcomes.
The RAAF operates five KC-30A aircraft from RAAF Amberley in South East Queensland.
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