A Royal Australian Air Drive (RAAF) Airbus KC-30A Multi-Function Tanker Transport (MRTT) has arrived at Komaki Air Base, Japan to begin air refueling trials with Mitsubishi F-2 fighters from the Japan Air Self-Protection Drive (JASDF). The trials will begin from April 4 to twenty-eight. The KC-30A program was delayed, however operational use has seen it turn into the tanker of alternative for hose and drogue refueling in-theater. The Airbus KC-30A multirole tanker transport (MRTT) is on observe to attain remaining working functionality this 12 months with the Royal Australian Air Drive.

Designated as KC-30A, the RAAF A330 MRTTs are outfitted with each an Aerial Refuelling Increase System (ARBS)[9] and two Cobham 905E under-wing refuelling pods. The plane are powered by two Basic Electrical CF6-80E1A3 engines.[9] Australia initially organized to obtain 4 plane with an choice to get hold of a fifth; this feature for a fifth plane was exercised to permit for 2 simultaneous deployments of two plane, the fifth being for contingency protection. Australian KC-30As are operated by No. 33 Squadron RAAF, based mostly at RAAF Base Amberley close to Brisbane in Queensland. Australia’s plane are configured for 270 passengers plus 34,000 kilograms of cargo.


Royal Australian Air Drive KC-30 A39-002 refuelling an USAF F-16 throughout a trial in 2015. (Photograph by Commonwealth of Australia)

The Airbus A330 Multi Function Tanker Transport (MRTT) is an aerial refuelling tanker plane based mostly on the civilian Airbus A330. A complete of 12 nations have positioned agency orders for about 60 plane, of which 51 had been delivered by 30 November 2020. The KC-30A can carry a gasoline load of greater than 100 tonnes, and switch a part of that load to appropriate plane, together with: F/A-18A/B Hornets; F/A-18F Tremendous Hornets; E/A-18G Growlers; E-7A Wedgetails; C-17A Globemaster III; and Different KC-30As. Additionally it is appropriate with refuelling P-8A Poseidon surveillance plane, F-35A Lightning II, and international plane such because the F-16C Preventing Falcon and B-1B Lancer.

The Mitsubishi F-2 is a multirole fighter derived from the Basic Dynamics F-16 Preventing Falcon, and manufactured by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Lockheed Martin for the Japan Air Self-Protection Drive. The premise of the F-2’s design is the F-16 Agile Falcon, an unsuccessful supply by Basic Dynamics to supply a low-cost various for the Superior Tactical Fighter (ATF) competitors. The primary lively electronically scanned array (AESA) radar on a fight plane was the J/APG-1 launched on the Mitsubishi F-2 in 1995. The F-2 is nicknamed “Viper Zero”, a reference to the F-16’s unofficial nickname of “Viper” and the Mitsubishi A6M Zero.

A Mitsubishi F-2 support fighter from the Japan Air Self Defense Force takes off from the runway at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam
A Mitsubishi F-2 help fighter from the Japan Air Self Protection Drive takes off from the runway at Andersen Air Drive Base, Guam. (Photograph U.S. Air Drive)