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Australian KC-30As reach refuelling milestone

16th August 2018 - 06:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The Royal Australian Air Force’s KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport aircraft has delivered 100,000,000lbs of fuel during air-to-air refuel missions on Operation OKRA in the Middle East, the Australian Department of Defence announced on 11 August.

The milestone was achieved on 6 August 2018 during a routine air-to-air refuelling mission. 

The KC-30A is equipped with two forms of air-to-air refuelling systems — an advanced refuelling boom system mounted under the fuselage of the aircraft and a hose and drogue refuelling pod underneath each wing. These systems are controlled by an air refuelling operator on the flightdeck, who can view refuelling on 2D and 3D screens.

The aircraft is also fitted with advanced mission systems including the Link 16 real-time data-link, military communications and navigation suites and an EW self-protection system for protection against surface-to-air missiles.

The Royal Australian Air Force has six KC-30A aircraft in service operated by No. 33 Squadron from RAAF Amberley in South East Queensland. 

Operation OKRA is the Australian Defence Force's contribution to the international effort to defeat the terrorist threat in Iraq and Syria.

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