Airbus KC-30A tanker: RAAF conducts first flight
Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today announced that A39-002 KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport has completed its first flight in RAAF service.
The aircraft took off from RAAF Base Amberley at about 10.40am today for a 2 hours and 45 minutes long flight over Roma and the Sunshine Coast, before returning to RAAF Base Amberley. During the flight the eight personnel on board conducted a check of the aircraft’s systems and crew operating procedures.
Mr Clare said the aircraft is operated by Air Force’s No. 33 Squadron from RAAF Amberley. “This test flight was conducted to make sure they could work the aircraft safely and effectively,” Mr Clare said. Personnel will now begin an intensive operational test and evaluation flying program for the aircraft. Initial operational capability is expected in late 2012.
Air Force received two KC-30As during June 2011, with another two due to be handed over by the end of the year. Qantas Defence Services is currently converting the final A330-200 aircraft into a KC-30A tanker at its Brisbane Airport facility, for delivery in 2012.