Air Components strengthens its ties with Australia
The expanded alliance is also assisting the United States in its process of fielding the E-7 Wedgetail, a highly advanced airspace combat management capability. Australia has brought it to several recent events, integrating it with US aircraft and allowing officials to view the aircraft.
“I was on record to want the E-7 as soon as possible for the US Air Force,” General Wilsbach noted. “The Royal Australian Air Force was the first country to use this plane, and it’s a fantastic plane. I’ve been lucky enough to fly on it and fly with it, and it’s an incredible step up in capability.
Australia, which has a decade of experience with its Boeing 737-700 IGW E-7A Wedgetail, has a fleet of six E-7As operated by its No. 2 Squadron located at RAAF Base Williamtown, near Newcastle, according to the RAAF.
“With its ability to command and control large areas of airspace, the Wedgetail’s ability to coordinate a joint air, sea and land battle in real time greatly increases the effectiveness of the Australian Defense Force,” said the Australian service. “The E-7A Wedgetail is a force multiplier with its long-range surveillance and communications capabilities. During a standard mission, the E-7A Wedgetail can cover more than 4 million square kilometers, an area of the size of Western Australia or Northern Territory.
In August, Australia brought several Wedgetails to Alaska for Red Flag. The exercise combined fifth-generation US aircraft, including F-22s and F-35s, at the Joint Pacific Air Readiness Complex, which contains nearly 100 aircraft.
“Australia is always happy to participate in exercises with the United States, such as Red Flag Alaska,” noted Commodore Haly. “At this time last year, [we did] nice work, and the year between these two activities, we have seen how our forces have separated and come together to join and lead this activity. The role this plays in continuously improving interoperability and integration is very crucial to the Australian Defense Force. And it’s not just in all the obvious flying elements but also with our intelligence, our planners, our administration, our human resources and our logistics. When you think of Red Flag you think of aircraft, and that’s certainly true, but there are elements of cyber, space and also special ops, army infantry or operations aerial. There are certainly airlifts and medical evacuations. There’s a lot going on that might not be obvious.
According to a PACAF report, authored by Staff Sgt. Savanna waters. Both countries have worked to improve interoperability with forces from Canada, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom. The military, equipped with around 100 aircraft, carried out air operations in northern Australia from RAAF Darwin and RAAF Tindal.
“The rules-based global order is currently under significant pressure, as we may have seen since the end of World War II, and right now having a sense of shared mission and projecting towards forward with a sense of The team really matters, Australian Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles, Australia’s second in charge, said speaking to reporters at the Australian Embassy in Washington, DC last summer during the Albanian government’s first trip to the United States “It’s part of what we seek to express with the American government. And we really felt that it was reciprocated…. And that’s a real sense of mission shared between Australia and the United States.