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KC-45 Aerial Refuelling Tanker Aircraft

Type

Tanker aircraft

Manufacturer

Northrop Grumman

Crew

Three (pilot, co-pilot, and boom operator)

Maiden Flight

2008

Unit Cost

$200m

Height

17.40m

Wingspan

60.28m

Length

58.78m

Wing Area

361.6m²

Empty Weight

120,500kg

Maximum Take-Off Weight

230,000kg

Useful Load

47,200kg

Fully Loaded, Take-Off Field Length

7,000ft runway

Type

General Electric CF6-80E1A4B turbofan engines

Thrust

316kN each

Maximum Speed

880km/h

Cruise Speed

860km/h

Range

12,500km

Service Ceiling

12,500m

Maximum Fuel Off-Load Rate per Pod

420gal/min

Centreline Hose Drum Refuelling Hose and Drogue Refuelling Unit

1

Centreline Hose Length

90ft

Centreline Hose and Drogue, Off-Load Refuelling Rate

600gal/min

EADS Aerial Refuelling Boom System

1

Boom, Maximum Fuel Off-Load Rate

1,200gal/min

Viewing Systems

Direct view of receiving aircraft from rear of KC-30 or Remote Air Refuelling Operator Station (RARO station), + 3D stereoscopic enhanced vision system

Manufacturer

EADS

Operators

US Air Force, Royal Australian Air Force, Royal Air Force, and UAE Air Force
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