Exercise Black Dagger


Exercise Black Dagger is conducted twice a year to train Air Force and Army personnel to coordinate close air support for soldiers on the ground.

Exercise 21-1 was a No. 4 Squadron led field training exercise, held at the Delamere Air Weapons Range, Northern Territory from May 3-14, 2021.

The Exercise is the crucial final component of the Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) course which prepares graduates to execute the planning, briefing, controlling and reporting required to conduct close air support on the battlefield.

Supporting the exercise are F/A-18A/B jet aircraft from No. 75 Squadron, PC-21 Forward Air Control aircraft from No. 4 Squadron, Tiger ARH from 1st Aviation Regiment and 81mm Mortars from the 5th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment.

Australian Department of Defence

May 24, 2021