Airbus Military has delivered the fifth and final A330 MRTT to the RAAF.
The aircraft, designated by the RAAF as the KC-30A, will enter service with 33SQN at Amberley. The tanker transport aircraft, a derivative of the successful A330, incorporates two underwing refuelling pods, a rear-fuselage refuelling boom and an integrated universal receptacle enabling it to be refuelled by other aircraft.
RAAF Commander Air Lift Group Air Commodore Gary Martin said: “We are very pleased with the in-service testing of the KC-30A and we expect to declare IOC before the end of the year. RAAF F/A-18A and B aircraft now conducting routine refuelling missions with the KC-30A, and the pilots are happy with the KC-30A tanking experience.”