USAF F-16 aggressors part of RAAF Exercise Diamond Shield

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A United States Usaf F-16 engaging in Exercise Diamond Shield.

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Exercise Diamond Shield is presently being hauled off Australia’ s east coast with United States Usaf (USAF) F-16s engaging as aggressors.

Conducted from RAAF Base Williamtown and RAAF Base Amberley, Exercise Diamond Shield includes aircraft and personnel from Australia and the USA.

Including United States Usaf (USA) F-16s that are behaving as aggressors in the practice, as they did at the inaugural Exercise Diamond Shield at 2017.

USAF aircraft have arrived out of its 18th Aggressor Squadron, 765th Air Refuelling Squadron and 23rd Bomber Squadron. In addition to this F-16s, additional USAF aircraft include the KC-135 Air refueller and B-52, ” the Defence said in a statement on March 4.

Meanwhile, Defence said the RAAF had shipped F/A-18A Hornet, F/A-18F Super Hornet, EA-18G Growler, Hawk 127, AP-3C Orion, P-8A Poseidon, C-17A Globemaster, KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport, E-7A Wedgetail and C-130J Hercules into Exercise Diamond Shield.

A United States Air Force F-16 participating in Exercise Diamond Shield. (Darren Mottram)

A United States Air Force F-16 engaging in Exercise Diamond Shield.

Exercise Diamond Shield is part of the RAAF’ s Air Warfare Instructors Course (AWIC) alongside Exercise Diamond Seas, which was held earlier in 2019, and Exercise Diamond Storm.

Since the RAAF website explained, AWIC integrated warfighting functions across a range of specialisations to create specialist air warfare teachers across the air combat spectrum.

Exercise Director Group Captain Matthew McCormack said the course involved complex war-like scenarios where pupils would have the ability to place their newly developed skills into practice and make conclusions that would contour how in which the RAAF fought in the future.

“ As ADF platforms interact, electronically, so too must the individual elements interact more closely to find the best benefit from this technology, ” GPCAPT Matthew McCormack said in the March 4 Defence statement.

“ AWIC has been performing that and every component of the course has prepared the teachers to be effective within the integrated Air Warfare area.

“ Graduates will offer leadership at the progress future strategies and assist ascertain how those tactics may be used to raise the ADF’ s combined warfighting capability using fifth-generation capabilities. ”

Exercise Diamond Shield runs till March 29 2019.

88 Squadron Commanding Officer Wing Commander Tim Main. (Mark Jessop)

88 Squadron Commanding Officer Wing Commander Tim Main.