RAAF Combat Controllers During Cope North 2016 Exercise

02/17/2016
02/17/2015: Royal Australian Air Force Combat Controllers from the 4th Squadron prepare to jump from an RAAF 37th Squadron C-130J during Exercise COPE NORTH 2016, February 11, 2016. Exercise COPE NORTH 16 includes 22 total flying units and nearly 3,000 personnel from six countries and continues the growth of strong, interoperable,…

Red Flag 16-1: The RAAF, the RAF and the USAF Train to Operate in Contested Airspace

01/31/2016
01/31/2015: The Red Flag exercise is a realistic combat training exercise involving the air forces of the United States, its allies, and coalition partners. Red Flag is conducted on the vast bombing and gunnery ranges of the 2.9M acre Nevada Test and Training Range. It is one of a series of…

The RAAF in Red Flag 16-1

01/30/2016
01/30/2016: Exercise Red Flag 16-1 is an air combat training exercise which centers on the large force employment of aircraft in a high-end warfighting environment. RF16-1 is being conducted from Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, United States, from 25 January to 12 February 2016. The aircraft will participate in the…

C-27J Spartan in the RAAF

12/22/2015
12/22/2015: Instructors from the RAAF School of Administration and Logistics Training (RAAFSALT) have taken students through the first C-27J Spartan Air Movements Course at RAAF Base Richmond. The course is intended to provide students with the necessary training to conduct ground loading related functions of the C-27J. In RAAF service,…

USAF Video of the Australian KC-30A in the Middle East

11/23/2015
11/23/2015: In this recent video from the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing, the KC-30A is seen on the ramp being maintained. Credit: The KC-30A is a clear maintenance success as highlighted in an interview with Air Vice Marshal Warren McDonald. The RAAF has deployed a single KC-30A to the Middle East…

RAAF E-7A Wedgetail Longest Combat Flight to Date

11/23/2015
11/23/2015: A Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) E-7A Wedgetail airborne early warning, control and surveillance aircraft set a new record by flying a 17.1 hour operational mission over Iraq and Syria.  Along with a RAAF KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport and six F/A-18A Hornets, the Australian aircraft participate in close air…

RAAF in Operation Okra: The Role of Air Task Group Armament Technicians

10/10/2015
10/10/2015: Air Task Group Armament Technicians build precision guidance munitions for Australian F/A-18A Hornets to conduct close air support operations in Iraq as part of the international coalition formed to disrupt and degrade the Da’esh threat. Australia’s Air Task Group (ATG) as part of Operation OKRA comprises six RAAF F/A-18A…