25 Juni 2009
Airbus A330 for converting to KC-30 (photo : Flight Global)
Qantas Defence Services has received its second of four Airbus A330-200s to be converted to a multi-role tanker transport standard for the Royal Australian Air Force.
Delivered to the company's Brisbane airport facilities in Queensland on 25 June from Airbus Military's Getafe site near Madrid in Spain, the aircraft will begin its transformation to the KC-30A configuration. This includes the addition of military equipment, under-wing hose and drogue refuelling pods and a refuelling boom mounted beneath its rear fuselage.
Qantas began converting its first A330 in June 2008, with this expected to be the first of five KC-30As - including a prototype now in advanced flight testing in Spain - to enter RAAF service from around mid-2010.