RAAF, Australian Army demonstrate combined air and land capabilities


The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and the Australian Army have conducted a firepower demonstration and a combat team quick attack demonstration at Puckapunyal Military Area in Victoria, Australia.

Conducted as a part of an integrated air and land operations exercise code-named Jericho Dawn, the demonstration paraded the combined air and land capabilities.

During the exercise, the operators demonstrated novel methods to improve air-land integration, such as effective integration of communication networks that transfer information through different aircraft and vehicles with support from Northrop Grumman.

"The lessons identified from the activity will help shape defence's future capability decisions and improve existing training activities. Demonstrations such as today are an important means of testing and displaying joint effects."

RAAF chief Air Marshal Leo Davies AO said: "Through today's demonstration we were able to provide a visualisation of the effects of some of the Australian Defence Force's capabilities," Air Marshal Davies said.

"The lessons identified from the activity will help shape defence's future capability decisions and improve existing training activities. Demonstrations such as today are an important means of testing and displaying joint effects.

"We are building on the Air Force's international reputation for being good at what we currently do, and asking important questions about taking Air Force's contribution to joint operations even further.

"If this kind of training exercise shows us something we can do that would help Air Force, Army and Navy fight better as a team, then that's what we will pursue."

The exercise involved participation from RAAF's C-17A, AP-3C, KC-30A, E-7A Wedgetail and FA-18 Hornet aircraft.

Meanwhile, the Army deployed air-land enablers assigned to the 16th Air Land Regiment, Tiger armed reconnaissance helicopters from 1st Aviation Regiment, and vehicles and equipment from the Combined Arms Training Centre, for exercise Jericho Dawn.