The boom was used to refuel two US Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcons of the 480th Fighter Squadron during a mission in the Middle East, Defence announced on August 19.
“The KC-30A is highly regarded by the coalition in-theatre due to its high reliability and excellent hose and drogue refuelling capability,” Commander Air Task Group, Air Commodore Phil Gordon said.
“The introduction of a boom refuelling capability for USAF F-16s further enhances the utility of the KC-30A in the coalition fight against Daesh.
“The flexibility of having both types of air-to-air refuelling systems means the Australian KC-30A can be rapidly re-tasked airborne to support a greater proportion of fighters if their scheduled tanker is unavailable.”
Operational refuelling of the F-16 follows trials with a USAF F-16 in the US last December. The KC-30 has been refuelling RAAF E-7A Wedgetails with its boom on operations in the Middle East since October 2015.