Australian KC-30(airbus a330) air refueling airplane

The Royal Australian Air Force KC-30B Multi-Role Tanker Transports are five Airbus A-330s due to enter service in 2009 that are being modified for air-to-air refuelling and personnel transport. KC-30Bs will be capable of refuelling F/A-18 Hornets, F-111s, Airborne Early Warning and Control Wedgetails and Joint Strike Fighters, or transporting troops domestically or internationally. The aircraft will be fitted with advanced aerial refuelling systems, comprising a 'fly-by-wire' boom refuel system and all-electric probe-and-drogue systems. In its transport role, the KC-30B will be capable of carrying 270 passengers. Under-floor cargo compartments will be able to accommodate 34,000kgs of military and civilian cargo pallets and containers.Advanced mission systems will also be fitted. They include the Link 16 real-time data-link, military communications and navigation suites, and an electronic warfare self-protection system for protection against threats from surface-to-air missiles. The KC-30Bs will be operated by No 33 Squadron. The squadron will relocate to RAAF Base Amberley and take delivery of the first aircraft in early 2009. KC-30B Multi-Role Tanker Transport technical specifications Manufacturer European Aeronautic Defence and Space Construcciones Aeronauticas S.A. (EADS CASA) Role Air-to-air refuelling, long-range troop transport Engine 32,659kg thrust Airframe Length: 58.8m, height: 17.4m Wingspan 60.3m Weight 233 tonnes (maximum take-off weight), 180 tonnes (maximum landing weight) Refuelling capacity 111 tonnes offload performance, 65 tonnes at 1000nm from base with 2 hours on station