27 Juni 2015
RAAF KC-30A and F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet (photo : breaking defence)
It appears likely that the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) is to acquire two more Airbus Defence A330-based multirole tanker transports (MRTT) to add to its current fleet of five, although no formal confirmation is yet available.
A brief comment to this effect - since removed - appeared on the website of the Spanish Embassy in Canberra on 25 June.
The embassy and an Airbus Defence spokesman subsequently declined any comment to IHS Jane's , as did the office of Minister of Defence Kevin Andrews.
The acquisition of an additional two MRTTs (KC-30A in Australian service) was informally forecast by then defence minister David Johnston in August 2014.