Fourth A330 MRTT handed over to RAAF
Following the handover the aircraft will remain in Spain for continued test work and will be transferred to RAAF Base Amberley next year.
December 29: The fourth Airbus Military A330 MRTT multi-role tanker transport for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has been formally handed over at the company’s Madrid facility, leaving just one aircraft still to be delivered.
This particular aircraft, A39-001, is the only one for the RAAF to have been converted from the basic A330 in Madrid - the others were been converted by Qantas Defence Services in Brisbane, Australia. It took part in the A330 MRTT development programme and has been extensively renovated prior to delivery.
Following the handover the aircraft will remain in Spain for continued test work and will be transferred to RAAF Base Amberley, Queensland later next year. Deliveries so far have been A39-003 and A39-002 in June 2011 with A39-004 following in November. The fifth and final aircraft, A39-005, will be delivered in the third quarter of 2012.
The A330 MRTT, known as the KC-30 in RAAF service, recently underwent successful refuelling trials in Australia with an RAAF F/A-18 fighter and earlier this month was displayed at the LIMA Airshow in Malaysia.
Filed Under Military Aviation News.