Omega operates under a contract with the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIRSYSCOM) PMA 226 to support U.S. Navy and Marine Corps flight operations worldwide. Users are not charged a fee for using OARS as all costs are covered under the NAVAIRSYSCOM contract. Omega allocates fuel in the same manner as any military base or airport with a government fuel contract.
With worldwide logistics centers, Omega provides first-in-class commercial air-to-air refueling services to allied foreign nations in the Indo-Asia-Pacific, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East regions. Omega will work closely with your organization and U.S. Navy contract representatives to ensure we serve your needs in a timely manner. The key steps are ensuring receiver aircraft are cleared to receive fuel from Omega tankers and setting up the FMS agreement/funding transfers. Omega’s management will help you through this process. Once these steps are complete, Omega will act as your air-to-air refueling operational tanker from initial contact to completion of the aircraft refueling mission or delivery of the aircraft to their final destination.
The dual-hose configuration of the KDC-10 allows for a margin of safety for long overwater flights. During one mission, six new Super Hornets were delivered from Lemoore, California to RAAF Base Amberly in Brisbane, Australia in just three legs. During another mission, Omega transported a squadron of RAAF F/A-18 Hornets from RAAF Tindal, Australia to Eielson AFB, Alaska.
Omega aircrew have extensive military experience in all aspects of air-to-air refueling support, including the testing environment. The Omega contract with the Navy allows for modifications to the Omega tanker aircraft to support research, development, test, and evaluation efforts. The programs only pay for the flight hours used.
A simple administrative process must be completed before mission planning can begin. The program requesting support will forward Military Interdepartmental Purchase Request (MIPR) funds to the Omega contract for the estimated cost of Omega involvement. The current USN contract would be used as the underlying contract vehicle.
Once the mission is complete, unused funds will be returned. The Omega operations team will be happy to facilitate coordination between each program’s representatives to ensure a successful event.
Omega is capable of both probe and drogue and boom type refueling.