Alpha Kilo One wrote: ↑20 Aug 2022, 21:32
You can give it any name you want, but the official factory name isn't KC-30M.
So stick to your old fashioned way, I don't care ...
Sorry for being rude, but there is no medicine to stubborn people.
Where you work is not the clue to the official answer
'Factory name' wasn't KDC-10 either, yet that's what we all use, right? Same for SH-14D...
And for those calling to 'check official papers', maybe post a link if those are public. Otherwise it is a bit of a discussion killer, if those can't be checked by non-defence employees you can state whatever you like, it can't be verified.
And even then, it is not just about 'stubborn people'. Ever heard of the MB-339PAN, supposedly flown by the Frecce Tricolori? The side of the aircraft has always shown and still shows MB-339A. 'Stubborn people' still use MB-339PAN even though it is for every one to see it is not.
Ever seen a + sign on a German Army Alouette 2 or EC.135?
I have no clue which one is correct A330MRTT, A330-200MRTT, A330-243MRTT or KC-30M. But being rude doesn't really close the discussion. I honestly find it more likely there is not really an officially assigned name. Especially because the Dutch do not have a official naming structure for their aircraft and seem to be using whatever fits. See KDC-10, SH-14 and others that are not used anywhere else and don't fit any pattern and certainly weren't factory designations. Henceforth it is quite likely both names can and are used. The more because as already mentioned, it is also multinational and the Germans have their own quirks if it comes to naming aircraft (what did they use for the Tornado again, PA-200 or something?).