RAAF and USAF Christmas Drop in the Pacific

12/21/2018
From 05-18 December 2018, the Royal Australian Air Force joined the United States Pacific Air Forces and Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self-Defense Force) for Operation Christmas Drop, the Department of Defense’s longest-running humanitarian airlift operation. [maxgallery id="122143"] Launching from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, C-130J Hercules aircraft delivered donated…

Commando Amphibious Operations Course

11/19/2018
Australian Army soldiers from the Commando Amphibious Operations Course conducted a training activity from Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Hercules aircraft into the waters off Manly, Sydney, in late-September 2018. [maxgallery id="120460"] The students parachuted into the ocean on a stormy day and were then required to fight the swell…

US-Australian Enhanced Air Cooperation Initiative

09/26/2018
A Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) C-130J Hercules refuels a United States Marine Corps (USMC) MV-22 Osprey at RAAF Base Darwin, as part of the Enhanced Air Cooperation (EAC) initiative.  This refuelling trial was the first time the EAC initiative has integrated with aviation capabilities not assigned to the United…

RAAF C-27J First Battle Run

08/07/2018
The RAAF C-27J Spartan has showcased its ability to take off and land at short dirt runways as part of Exercise Hamel 2018 at Shoalwater Bay Training Area near Rockhampton. During the exercise, the C-27J Spartan has delivered troops and cargo, deployed supplies via parachute and conducted aeromedical evacuations. It’s…

RAAF C-130J Workforce Training

08/03/2018
In late 2017, responsibility for Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Hercules workforce training transitioned to No. 37 Squadron, following the disestablishment of No. 285 Squadron. [maxgallery id="118811"] As well as conducting airlift operations with the C-130J Hercules, No. 37 Squadron is also responsible for the training of pilots, loadmasters, and…

Plan Jericho in Action: RAAF C-130J Hercules Sat Trials

09/10/2017
09/10/2017: From June to December 2017, Air Force is trialling the use of a Ka-Band Satellite Communication (SATCOM) antenna and suite on board a C-130J Hercules transport aircraft. This SATCOM system provides greater bandwidth than previous systems fitted to the RAAF’s Hercules fleet, and allows live-streaming and transfer of large files…

Exercise Diamond Storm 2017

07/19/2017
2017-07-19 Exercise Diamond Storm, run by the RAAF Air Warfare Centre, is one of the practical components of the Air Warfare Instructors Course, which graduates students who are experts in Australian Defence Force capabilities and integration across the services, and also have technical mastery of their own roles, capabilities and…

RAAF in Exercise Cope North 2017  

03/31/2017
03/31/2017: Exercise COPE NORTH 17 (CN17) is a Commander Pacific Air Forces sponsored multilateral field training exercise involving the United States Air Force (USAF), Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF), and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). CN17 involves large force employment Air Combat Exercise with Dissimilar Air Combat Tactics and a…