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QLD Fire and Emergency Services train with RAAF firefighters
20 Jun 2019
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services recently worked with firefighters from No 23 Squadron at RAAF Base Amberley to run through a hazardous material and decontamination exercise. Key areas of the training included the fitting of appropriate personal protective equipment, product identification, chemical containment and clean up, education on the use of testing kits, casualty removal, medical requirements, and set up and use of the decontamination trailer. Joint exercises such as this provide significant upgrades and insights for Air Force’s Firefighting capability.
Exercise Diamond Storm
11 Jun 2019
Exercise Diamond Storm is one of the Royal Australian Air Force’s practical components of training for students of the Air Warfare Instructor’s Course (AWIC) coordinated by the Air Warfare Centre. AWIC19 integrates warfighting functions across a range of specialisations to develop expert air warfare instructors who will represent the next generation of tactical and integrated warfare experts across the Air Combat spectrum. Diamond Storm 2019 is being conducted from RAAF Bases Darwin and Tindal, in the skies over the “Top End” of the Northern Territory, from 26 April until 29 May 2019.
Gilgandra community engagement
04 Jun 2019
On 2 June 2019 a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) C-130J Hercules and 30 Defence personnel visited Gilgandra in Central New South Wales for an Indigenous community engagement visit as part of National Reconciliation Week 2019. Whilst Gilgandra is often used by the Air Force for tactical airlift training, the visit marked the first time the Wiradjuri nation has provided a ‘Welcome to Country’ for Defence personnel at the base. Approximately 400 people from the local Gilgandra community came to Gilgandra Airfield to tour the Hercules, have a barbeque, and speak with Defence personnel.
2OCU conducts final AWIC with classic Hornet
28 May 2019
As Exercise DIAMOND STORM 2019 draws to a close, No. 2 Operational Conversion Unit (2OCU) will fly their last Air Warfare Instructor Course (AWIC) mission operating the F/A-18A/B “Classic” Hornet. Developed from Fighter Combat Instructor (FCI) Course, AWIC was redeveloped in 2017 as an innovative course aimed at preparing personnel to operate fifth generation platforms in a joint, integrated combat environment. This contemporary training was launched ahead of the arrival of Air Force’s first two F-35A Joint Strike Fighters in December 2018. Although this is the final AWIC for 2OCU operating the Classic Hornet, AWIC 2021 will still include the F/A-18A/B Hornets being flown by No. 75 Squadron. Having operated F/A-18A/B Hornets since 1984, 2OCU will retire the aircraft at the end of the year and begin the transition to the F-35A in early 2020
International engagement at Bradshaw Field Training Area
28 May 2019
During Ex DSM19, simulated target systems have been set up at identified locations associated with the developing scenarios. The target systems in use resemble simulated missile systems, inflatable weapons systems or vehicle convoys and all represent threat systems that the participating aircrew will seek to identify or avoid in relation to their mission objectives. The simulated target systems are based at Bradshaw Field Training Area (BFTA) and as well as being placed on the range, can be positioned in public areas. Positioning the systems on public areas adds to the realism of the scenario by having systems at differing locations during the course of the exercise representing the relocation that occurs in real events. The Royal Air Force (RAF) have brought their Skyguard radar to be used as a training target for the duration of Ex DSM19.
Realistic threat for high end warfighting
28 May 2019
The team role-playing as adversary forces during Exercise Diamond Storm put up a fight that was as real as possible, providing Air Force personnel with high level training. Defence contractors supported the adversary forces during all exercise missions, creating the challenging threat environment required to push the Air Warfare Instructor Course candidates to their limit. The contracted assets included the Raytheon Electronic Warfare Training Systems (EWTS) Learjet 35A and Air Affairs Australia Alpha Jets along with the Air Force supplied, Raytheon operated Mobile Threat Training Emitter System (MTTES). The Raytheon EWTS Learjet 35A enables personnel to train in a contested electromagnetic environment. EWTS inclusion in the adversary forces order of battle introduced radar jamming, communications denial and deception through accurate threat simulation. The Alpha Jets from Air Affairs Australia added to the complex environment by simulating an agile attack aircraft. The ability of the Alpha Jets to affect the fight needed to be negated by the course candidates in order for them to meet their mission objectives. Air Force personnel are highly trained professionals, required to operate in a range of environments, cooperating with other Defence units and international forces, to accomplish their objectives. Working in exercises such as Diamond Storm tests Air Force personnel and provides them with training to be highly skilled at warfighting