RAAF’s first new tanker arrives

The first Airbus A330 has arrived in Australia to be converted to a Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) for the RAAF, the Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Procurement Greg Combet has announced.

The aircraft, the first of four Airbus A330s to be modified in Australia, has arrived at the Qantas Australian conversion centre at Brisbane Airport after departing the Airbus facility in France.

It will be modified to a KC-30B MRTT under Project AIR 5402, during which five new-generation KC-303 MRTTs are to be supplied.

Mr Combet said: “Project AIR 5402 will replace the RAAF’s Boeing 707 and enhance the air-to-air refuelling capability of the Australian Defence Force.

“The KC-30B has a significant strategic airlift capacity, carrying a fuel load of up to 111 tonnes, along with 270 passengers, and a combination of commercial and military cargo pallets in an under-floor cargo compartment.”

During the conversion process there will be modification of approximately 2,000 structural parts and 5,500 system parts with up to 22,000 components delivered to the conversion centre. 

Do business with Defence

Greg Combet, the Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Procurement, has announced that the Defence and Industry ePortal is operational and open for business.

“The ePortal provides links to Defence news, templates and other information to better assist industry to advertise its capabilities and access the latest industry news,” said Mr Combet.

“Australian companies, particularly small to medium enterprises (SMEs), will be able to highlight their capabilities, and keep them up to date, for all contractors to discover.

“Any user of the web site is able to search publicly-available information. Registered users have additional search powers, and registered company representatives are able to add and update their company capability details.

“As registered users, my staff and I are now able to access links to information on 400 Australian companies and conduct capability searches,” Mr Combet said.

“It is expected that the ePortal will eventually have up to 2,500 registered companies.” 

In launching the www.DplusI.defence.gov.au web site ePortal, Mr Combet said that “it is now possible for users to easily find accessible, accurate information on the current capabilities of companies in the Australian Defence industry sector.

“The choice of the domain name DplusI recognises the key role Defence Industry plays in supporting the operational capability of the Australian Defence Force. 

“Through the ePortal Australian companies seeking business partners with complementary capabilities, will be able to identify partners for commercial business opportunities.” Mr Combet said.

“Defence Primes are required under the Australian Industry Capability program to demonstrate that they have examined the Australian Defence market for potential sub-contractors and suppliers in their tenders for projects over $50m. The ePortal will now be able to assist them in fulfilling that obligation.

“We intend to progressively broaden the scope and functionality of the ePortal to enable registered users to provide confidential feedback on policy and programs” said Mr Combet.

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