Airbus to Upgrade Royal Australian Air Force’s MRTT Fleet



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Airbus has been selected by the Commonwealth of
Australia to develop a Communications and Mission System
modernization upgrade for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)
A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) fleet.

The scope of work, which will meet the Air Force
interoperability needs under its new operational requirements,
will mainly cover a retrofit package, which includes new and
additional Communications Capabilities and Enhanced Mission
Systems, bringing it up to the latest enhanced A330 MRTT standard.

 

Split across two contracts, Phase 1 will see
Airbus carries out the design and systems development and
integration ahead of the Critical Design Review maturity gate.
Phase 2 will see Airbus install and deliver a prototype KC-30
aircraft (the name used by the RAAF for the A330 MRTT) for use in
the certification and qualification process, ahead of finalizing
and supplying the modification kits for the entire fleet. Subsequent
retrofit to the remainder of the fleet will be under the RAAF’s
responsibility.

Also, Airbus will provide the necessary
data packs and support to ensure this upgrade features in the
existing RAAF A330 MRTT Full Flight Simulator (FFS), the
Integrated Procedures Trainer (IPT) and the Remote Air Refuelling
Operator (RARO) Console Part Task Trainer (PTT).

The KC-30A MRTT is fitted with two types of
air-to-air refueling systems: an Advanced Refuelling Boom System
mounted on the tail of the aircraft; and a pair of all-electric
refueling hose-and-drogue pods under each wing. These systems are
controlled by an Air Refuelling Operator in the cockpit, who can
view refueling on 2D and 3D screens.

The KC-30A can carry a fuel
load of 111 tonnes and transfer part of that load to compatible
aircraft, including other KC-30As.

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