Raptors in Oz for Talisman Sabre 19


Talisman Sabre 19 (TS19) is a bilateral combined Australian and United States (US) training activity.

TS19 is designed to practice our respective military services and associated agencies in planning and conducting Combined and Joint Task Force operations, and improve the combat readiness and interoperability between Australian and US forces.

TS19 will be the eighth iteration of the exercise and consists of a Field Training Exercise incorporating force preparation (logistic) activities, amphibious landings, land force manoeuvre, urban operations, air operations, maritime operations and Special Forces activities.

Raptors have come to Oz to participate in this year’s exercise.

And given how the F-22 has evolved over time, its ability to support a multi-domain force has been enhanced over the years, and certainly demonstrated in Middle Eastern operations.

According to an Australian Aviation article published on July 11, 2019:

United States Air Force (USAF) F-22 Raptors have flown alongside the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as part of an Enhanced Air Cooperation (EAC) exercise at Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019.

Group Captain Stephen Chappell, Commander of the Amberley based Australian-US task unit for the exercise, said training with the stealth fighter aircraft supported Australian fifth-generation integration and provided valuable training.

“Talisman Sabre builds on the regular exercises we do at Amberley, in the United States and the key training programs and exchanges with USAF and US Navy that we use to develop our tactics, techniques and procedures,” Group Captain Chappell said in a statement on Wednesday.

“Integration with the fifth-generation platforms like F-22 and F-35 are key to how we will do our job both now and in the future.”