The RAAF has conducted initial tanking trials between Super Hornets and the KC-30A, leading to the approval of the two aircraft types to undertake air-to-air refuelling within a limited envelope. The approval marks a further move towards Final Operating Capability for the KC-30.
Night air-to-air refuelling was also completed as part of the trials, which were led by the Aircraft Research and Development Unit (ARDU).
Meanwhile the Super Hornet fleet has amassed 10,000 flying hours since the first five aircraft arrived in March 2010.
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