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Cool photos show RAAF KC-30A tanker refuelling U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon

RAAF No. 33 Squadron and Aircraft Research and Development Unit worked with U.S. Navy VX-20 to conduct the trials from Naval Air Station Patuxent River

Taken on May 29, 2018 the cool photos in this post show a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) KC-30A belonging to No. 33 Squadron refuelling a U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon belonging to VX-20 during trials from Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River.

The Australian KC-30 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) is a multi-role tanker transport based on the Airbus A330 commercial aircraft, which has been militarized, turned into a tanker, and has 270 passenger seats.

It features advanced communication and navigation systems, and an electronic warfare self-protection system for shielding against threats from surface-to-air missiles.

The Air Force’s KC-30A aircraft are based at RAAF Base Amberley, operated by No. 33 Squadron.

This print is available in multiple sizes from AircraftProfilePrints.com – CLICK HERE TO GET YOURS. P-8A Poseidon Air Test and Evaluation Squadron ONE (VX-1) Pioneers, JA955 / 167955. NAS Patuxent River, MD

According to the RAAF, the Australian military operates five KC-30A MRTTs with two more joining the fleet in 2018. The KC-30A has a fuel capacity of more than 100 tons allowing it to fly up to 1800 kilometers from its home base and offload up to 50 tons of fuel for four hours.

The KC-30A comes with under-floor cargo compartments which can accommodate 34,000 kilograms of military and civilian cargo pallets and containers.

Photo credit: U.S. Navy Photograph by Liz Wolter

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Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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