RAAF completes boom refuelling trials

Air Force has completed air-to-air refuelling trials between its KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport and E-7A Wedgetail aircraft.

The trials marked the first time the Wedgetail had refuelled from the KC-30A.

Wing Commander Christian Martin, Commanding Officer of Number 2 Squadron said air-to-air refuelling was a "force multiplier" for the Wedgetail fleet.

"Air-to-air refuelling considerably increases the Wedgetail's range and endurance, allowing us to provide Command and Control, and Air Battlespace Management over longer periods," Wing Commander Martin said.

"This has been demonstrated in the Middle East Region under Operation OKRA, where RAAF Wedgetails have used foreign air force tankers to fly extended sorties.



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