Airbus Military KC-30A A39-005 (msn 1183, ex EC-336) is seen at RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, on November 30, 2012, during its delivery flight to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). The aircraft arrived from Cetafe in Spain and departed on December 1 for Travis AFB, California, finally arriving at RAAF Base Amberley in Queensland for No.33 Squadron two days later. The aircraft is the last of five A330-203 Multi-Role Tanker Transports for the RAAF; the first three were received during 2011 (June 1, June 22 and November 22) and the fourth on January 31, 2012.
A KC-30A at Al Minhad after returning from an Operation Okra mission.
Royal Australian Air Force KC-30A A39-001 seen on takeoff from the Airbus Military's facility at Getafe. Clearly visible is the Aerial Refuelling Boom System (underside of aft fuselage) and the wing-mounted Cobham 905E refuelling pods.
The KC-30A's availability underpinned the number of on-station close air support ‘stacks' provided by the RAAF Hornets.
Airbus Defence and Space has indicated its intent to bid the A330 MRTT for South Korea's US$1.25 billion aerial refuelling tanker programme, announced in April 2015.
A Pilot’s eye view of a KC-30A’s drogue from an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned No. 1 Squadron.
KC-30A A39-005 over the Pacific Ocean on an air-refuelling mission from Andersen AFB, Guam during exercise Cope North in February 2013. All Royal Australian Air Force KC-30As wear No.33 Squadron’s badge featuring a Frigatebird on the tail.
If times get tough for the DoD's KC-46 tanker programme, Airbus does have an alternative ready to go.
Almost 300 connections with receiver aircraft have tested the upgraded boom refuelling system.
The Royal Australian Air Force KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport undertook its first air refuelling boom contact on May 13, 2015. The three-hour sortie from RAAF Base Amberley saw the crew deploy the 17m-long Aerial Refuelling Boom System, which made 14 successful dry contacts with the refuelling receptacle of another KC-30A.
KC-30A австралийских ВВС заправляет сингапурский F-16. Экипажи австралийских KC-30A, впрочем, чаще заправляют свои F/A-18 посредством подкрыльевых ТЗА.
F-35A AF-04 plugged to the boom of KC-30A A39-001 during an air-refuelling flight test mission from Edwards Air Force Base on September 25, 2015.
An F/A-18A Hornet assigned to No.3 Squadron Royal Australian Air Force refuels from KC-30A A39-005 over the Pacific Ocean near the island of Guam during this year's exercise Cope North.
RAAF KC-30As have recently supported the Pitch Black, Stone Age and Arnhem Thunder exercises.
In April 2015 alone the KC-30A deployed in theatre flew 30 missions and transferred three million pounds (1,360 tonnes) of fuel to Australian and coalition strike aircraft.
Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18F Super Hornet A44-217 formates on the port side wing of a KC-30A prior to air refuelling during exercise Talisman Saber 2013.
French Air Force Rafales were the first non-RAAF aircraft to refuel from the KC-30A over Iraq.
A330 MRTT может брать на борт больше топлива, грузов или пассажиров, чем его конкуренты. KC-30 может перевозить 32 грузовые палеты (поддона) типа 463L, тогда как Boeing KC-46A - только 19.
RAAF Super Hornets tanking from the KC-30A during their journey to the Middle East.
The Hornets, KC-30A and E-7A represented the first purely air-focused task group sent overseas by the RAAF for several decades.
A KC-30A at RAAF Base Amberley, home of No.33 Squadron.
A KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport aircraft maintenance crew prepares to launch the jet at dusk, beginning another mission refuelling Coalition aircraft over Iraq.
Voyager KC3 ZZ333 taxies for departure at RAF Brize Norton after the aircraft returned to service on February 21, 2014.
Первый Voyager был поставлен британским ВВС в 2011 году. Это самый крупный самолет, когда-либо находившийся у них в эксплуатации. Самолеты базируются на авиабазе Брайз Нортон.
Voyager KC2 ZZ300 is seen about to depart Manchester Airport on December 13, 2012. The tanker transport arrived there two days earlier after poor visibility at RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, prompted a diversion en route from Hanover in Germany.
Voyager KC2 ZZ331 taxies back to parking after an air-refuelling mission.
Fully marked up, Voyager 01 ZZ330 taxies to AirTanker's hub at RAF Brize Norton following an operational mission. Having achieved its 'introduction to service' on January 31, 2012, the aircraft has been flying operational flights since April 8, 2012.
A Voyager KC2 parked on the flight line at RAF Brize Norton during a snowy day in January 2013.
RAF Voyager KC3 ZZ333 at RAF Brize Norton in August 2013. This aircraft was involved in an air incident while flying in Turkish airspace on February 9, 2014, in which it dropped 4,440 feet (1,353 m) in 27 seconds uncommanded by the pilot.
Voyager KC2 ZZ330 undergoing de-icing at RAF Brize Norton on a frosty night in January 2013.
Voyager is available to the RAF around the clock. In August 2013, No.10 Squadron held UK Quick Reaction Alert for the first time.
Voyager KC3 MRTT021/EC-338 (msn 1334, to become ZZ335) was rolled out of the Air Livery hangar at Manchester Airport on May 28 after being painted in RAF colours. It is expected to be the sixth to be delivered to RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire.
Voyager KC2 ZZ331 undergoes post-flight maintenance on the flight line at Brize Norton.
Wearing temporary civil registration G-VYGD, Voyager KC3 ZZ333 takes off from RAF Brize Norton on July 22, 2013.
'BrizeyJet' takes-off. Voyager 02 G-VYGG is seen at RAF Brize Norton in January 2013 manned by AirTanker pilots and crew as part of the company's airline operation.
The RAF has now received all nine Voyagers.
A pilot's view of the Sargent Fletcher hose and drogue extended from a 905E wing air refuelling pod.
No.10 Squadron commenced regular North Sea tow line operations with Tornado GR4s in May 2013.
A Royal Air Force Voyager KC2 refuels two RAF Tornado GR4s on March 4, 2015 over Iraq during operations against ISIL. The RAF has continued to carry out air strikes in Iraq as part of Operation Shader since last October. In addition to the GR4s, Hellfire-armed RAF Reapers are also being used to target ISIL militants in the country.
Voyager’s release to service for air refuelling the Typhoon was issued in August 2013.
Royal Air Force Voyager KC2 MRTT027 (msn 1555, ex EX-336, to be ZZ341/G-VYGL) lands at Getafe, Spain, on June 8, 2015. The aircraft was returning from Manching, Germany where it had arrived on May 13 for painting. It was the first A330MRTT to be painted by Airbus Defence and Space at Manching, although others are planned. The aircraft will shortly be delivered to Air Tanker.
AirTanker’s hangar at RAF Brize Norton can hold two Voyager aircraft and has all of the company’s office spaces, as well as those occupied by No. 10 and No. 101 Squadrons, on the south side of the same building.
AirTanker uses purpose-built gantries for maintenance.
Airbus Military A330-243 Voyager KC3 G-VYGG (msn 1363, ex EC-333) has recently been painted with AirTanker titles. The tanker transport, which currently lacks underwing air refuelling pods, first flew on October 25, 2012. It arrived at RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, on November 30 and was handed over to AirTanker Ltd on December 6 as its sixth example. It will become ZZ336 on adopting RAF markings and was noted operating from RAF Brize Norton on August 27. AirTanker provides the RAF with aircraft and associated support services to undertake the air refuelling mission.
Voyager KC2 MRTT026 (msn 1498, G-VYGJ/ZZ340), departing Manchester Airport on January 13, 2015 following a repaint in Thomas Cook colours by Air Livery. The aircraft, from AirTanker's surge capacity fleet for the Royal Air Force, ferried back to Getafe, Spain where it will be de-militarised before delivery to Thomas Cook in May. It was flown to Manchester on December 27, 2014.
Airbus A330-243 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) 1301 (msn 1186, ex MRTT014) of the United Arab Emirates Air Force at RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, on September 24, 2014. The aircraft left the following day. Three A330-243 MRTTs were delivered to the air force between February and August 2013, based at Al Ain International Airport in Abu Dhabi.
Flight tests of the third Airbus Military A330-243 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) for the United Arab Emirates Air Force and Air Defence should be under way. The aircraft is seen on November 11, 2012, at the manufacturer's facility at Getafe in Spain following conversion from a 'green' airframe, having received the flight test identification MRTT015 (msn 1250, ex EC-332).
Самолет-заправщик A330 MRTT
Two Airbus Military A330-243 Multi-Role Tanker Transports of 24 Squadron, Royal Saudi Air Force, recently arrived at RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, from At Kharj-Prince Sultan AB. The aircraft (2401, msn 980, ex MRTT010; and 2402, msn 996, ex MRTT011) first landed in the UK on August 23 and 27, 2013 respectively. They were deployed to support the Saudi Eurofighter Typhoons and Panavia Tornado IDS based at RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire, for the duration of exercise Green Flag.
Post conversion flight tests of the fourth Airbus Military A330-202 Multi-Role Tanker Transport for the Royal Saudi Air Force began on December 21, 2013. The aircraft (MRTT030, msn 1379, ex EC-340) took off from Barajas International Airport outside Madrid, Spain, where modification work had been carried out by Iberia, for a 3.5 hour test flight before landing at the Airbus Military facility at Getafe. The first of the second batch of three A330 MRTTs for Saudi Arabia, the aircraft will become 2404 after being painted and delivered. The country's fifth example (EC-338 - the fourth use of the identity, msn 1478, ex F-ZVWYT) arrived in a ‘green’ configuration at Getafe from Toulouse-Blagnac in France on December 9, 2013.
Airbus A330-202 EC-337 (msn 1516, ex F-WWKS) will become the sixth Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) for the Royal Saudi Air Force (as 2406). It is currently being converted to the role at Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas Airport in Spain, the first to be worked on outdoors. The fifth MRTT for Saudi Arabia (EC-338, msn 1478, ex F-WWYT) is meanwhile being equipped in a hangar at the airport.
Voyager KC3 MRTT024 at Manchester Airport on April 25, 2014, the day it arrived from Spain.
24 июня 2009г.: в Тулузе поднялся в воздух первый A330, построенный по программе FSTA ("перспективный стратегический самолет-заправщик") для Великобритании. Самолет имел гражданскую конфигурацию, но затем был переоборудован в военный заправщик.
Maintenance and servicing of Voyager’s Rolls-Royce Trent engines is undertaken by AirTanker at RAF Brize Norton. Rolls-Royce field representatives based at Derby provide technical support.
Cobham 905E Refuelling Pod
Top: Voyager’s camera system improves the situational awareness for the mission systems operator.
Middle and bottom: The Cobham 805E FRU can dispense fuel at a rate of 1,800kg/min, and installed on Voyager KC3s to refuel large receiver aircraft.
Two views of the 905E wing air refuelling pod.
7 июня 2012г. в небе над Тулузой состоялся групповой полет всех 5 построенных к настоящему времени транспортников A400M. Самолетами управляли экипажи испытателей, и после пролета группой каждый из них продолжил собственную программу. А почти за месяц до этого, 9 мая, состоялась первая имитация дозаправки в воздухе A400M от самолета-танкера нового поколения A330 MRTT (на фото).
Australia’s KC-30As are fitted with a comfortable all-digital flight deck.
Voyager’s flight deck and glass cockpit.
The mission system operator (MSO) console has been designed to facilitate the air-to-air refuelling role, including the management of the aircraft's fuel systems.
An air refuelling operator refuels two F/A-18Fs over Iraq.
In time the MSO will have full control of air-refuelling, but for now they only do so once the aircrew has passed the receivers over. A view of the airspace behind the tanker is displayed to the MSO on a large screen to make it clear precisely what is happening out back.
Master Aircrew Phil Chappell demonstrates the Voyager's mission system operator training station.
Рисунок самолета-заправщика KC-45A
The US Air Force selected P&W's off-the-shelf PW4062 large turbofan for the future KC-46A tanker.