A Royal Australian Air Force KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) has reached a major milestone, having offloaded 50 million pounds of fuel for RAAF and Coalition aircraft in the Middle East Region since September 2014. That figure equates to 22,679 tonnes of fuel, or more than 28 million litres.
Flying as part of Air Task Group (ATG) 630 for Operation OKRA, the KC-30A reached the milestone figure on 27th April during a sortie with a pair of RAAF F/A-18 Hornets. As of May 2016, the ATG630 Air Mobility Element had conducted 631 sorties with the KC-30A, and flown more than 5,000 hours.
The ATG Operation OKRA comprises six RAAF F/A-18A Hornet fighter aircraft, an E-7A Wedgetail airborne command and control aircraft, and a KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport air-to-air refuelling aircraft. Additionally, the ATG has personnel working in the Combined Air and Space Operations Centre, and embedded with the ‘KingPin’ US tactical Command and Control Unit.