Australia Selects Airbus to Provide System for Air Force Fleet
Friday, October 16, 2020 | Comments

The Commonwealth of Australia selected Airbus to develop a communications and mission system modernization upgrade for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) fleet.

The scope of work, which will meet the air force’s interoperability needs under its new operational requirements, will mainly cover a retrofit package, including new and additional communications capabilities and enhanced mission systems, bringing it up to the latest enhanced A330 MRTT standard.

Split across two contracts, the first phase will see Airbus carry out the design and systems development and integration ahead of the critical design review maturity gate. The second phase will see Airbus install and deliver a prototype KC-30 aircraft for use in the certification and qualification process, ahead of finalizing and supplying the modification kits for the entire fleet. Subsequent retrofits to the remainder of the fleet will be under customer responsibility.

In addition, Airbus will provide the necessary data packs and support to ensure this upgrade features in the existing RAAF A330 MRTT Full Flight Simulator (FFS), the Integrated Procedures Trainer (IPT) and the Remote Air Refueling Operator (RARO) Console Part Task trainer (PTT).

The objective of the upgrade is to provide an affordable solution that brings the RAAF KC-30A fleet up to Airbus’ quality and capability standards and meets the latest interoperability requirements for the Australian Defence Force and its allies.

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