RAAF Base Williamtown F/A-18A/B Hornet and PC-9 aircraft conducted air support for Australian Defence Force Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) training on the Salt Ash Air Weapons Range, near Salt Ash on Monday and Tuesday (8 & 9 April).
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PC-9 aircraft will conduct the majority of support for JTAC training throughout the week of 8 to 11 April, and 15 to 18 April on the range and near Bulahdelah.
Commander of Air Combat Group, Air Commodore (AIRCDRE) Michael Kitcher said the training requires single, or pairs of Hornet aircraft to conduct continuous passes dropping training rounds over the Salt Ash Rang.
Day and night time activities might continue onto other times throughout the week if weather or operational issues cause delays.
“The second component of the JTAC training moves to farmland near Bulahdelah where RAAF Base Williamtown 4 Squadron personnel conduct regular training,” AIRCDRE Kitcher said.
AIRCDRE Kitcher said JTACs work from forward positions, and direct the actions of combat aircraft engaged in close air support and other offensive air operations.
“In the urban battlespace we face on operations today, the role of JTACs is crucial to ensuring the precision application of air power; delivering maximum effect with minimal impact on civilians and civilian infrastructure.
Air Force is committed to ensuring every effort is made to minimise any inconvenience to residents and local community support is appreciated,” he said.