The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has organised a key strategic meeting in Australia with the US Air Force, the Royal Air Force and the Canadian Air Force to discuss capabilities.
The air force four-party dialogue covered issues including Afghan operations, current and emerging aircraft and space capabilities, and opportunities for future training cooperation and engagement.
RAAF chief of air force Air Marshal Mark Binskin said it was a rare opportunity for the four air force chiefs to meet and update each other on strategic issues and discuss how to approach future challenges.
Each delegation brought important perspectives and lessons learnt from recent operations that will be crucial in shaping future strategies, according to Binskin.
The dialogue focussed on current and emerging capabilities among the four air forces, since aircraft such as the C-17 Globemaster and C-130 Hercules are operated by the UK, US, Australia and Canada.
During the meet, the air force chiefs were updated on new RAAF aircraft such as the Wedgetail, F/A-18F Super Hornet and the KC-30A multirole tanker transport aircraft.