March 11, 2015 defense-aerospace.com
(Source: Australian Defence Materiel Organisation; issued March 10, 2015)
Multi Role Tanker Transport Removed from “Projects of Concern” List
The Royal Australian Air Force’s KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft has been removed from the Projects of Concern list after effectively being remediated by the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) and its industry partner.
Known as Project AIR 5402, the KC-30A MRTT had been on the Project of Concern list since February 2010 due to delays in delivery by Airbus Defence and Space.
DMO Acting Chief Executive Officer, Harry Dunstall, said that following an extensive development and testing program, the issues previously identified with the introduction of the Aerial Refuelling Boom System had been resolved and Defence had formally accepted the capability.
“Resolution of this issue completes the remediation of all activities identified in the project’s remediation plan, and accordingly it has been removed from the list,” Mr Dunstall said.
“Airbus Defence and Space has worked collaboratively with us to address our concerns and I would like to recognise and thank Airbus for their efforts.
“This is a great example of the effectiveness of the Projects of Concern process in remediating troubled projects.”
The project has delivered five new-generation Airbus Military KC-30A MRTT aircraft.
These aircraft are capable of in-flight refuelling of current and future ADF aircraft and will provide a significant air logistics services capability.
The KC-30A aircraft has been conducting hose and drogue in-flight refuelling in the RAAF since 2011 and is being used to great effect on current operations in the Middle East.
The recent acceptance of the boom capability paves the way to begin introduction of the boom in-flight refuelling capability into service progressively through 2015.
This capability will now undergo operational evaluation and all aircrew will be trained before Air Force can declare Full Operational Capability.