KC-30A and F-22


In August and September 2018, air-to-air refuelling trials were conducted between a Royal Australian Air Force KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport and United States Air Force F-22 Raptor fighter at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

Trials were conducted over the course of eight flights, and with the F-22 in different load configurations, to ensure it could be safely from the KC-30A’s advanced refuelling boom system.

Completion of the trials, and consequent release of instructions on refueling the F-22 from the KC-30A, will allow the Australians and Americans to work closely together on future exercises and operations.

Australian Department of Defence

October 2018