11/16/17: The ground crew deployed with the KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) conduct a post flight inspection on the hose and drogue system of the aircraft.
The inspection is looking for any damage, which may have been caused in flight. It is vital that the hose and drogue are serviceable to ensure the KC-30A is able to perform its role of providing fuel to the aircraft above Iraq and Syria.
The KC-30A MRTT forms part of the Air Task Group (ATG) and is deployed on Operation OKRA. The ATG is operating at the request of the Iraqi Government within a US-led Global Coalition assembled to degrade and defeat Daesh.
The ATG comprises six RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornet fighter aircraft, an E-7A Wedgetail airborne command and control aircraft, and a KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport 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.
Credit: Australian Department of Defence