Avalon Air Show 2017
EXERCISE Diamond Storm 2017

Community Fact Sheet

Exercise Diamond Storm will run between 5th June 2017 and 27th June 2017, from RAAF Bases Darwin and Tindal continuing the training regime of the Air Warfare Instructors Course (AWIC).

This exercise involves Pilots, Intelligence Officers and Air Combat Officers across a range of Air Force platforms, including F/A-18A Classic Hornets, F/A-18F Super Hornets, E-7A Wedgetail, and C-130J Hercules aircraft.

Conducted by the Air Warfare Centre, the aim of the AWIC is to graduate expert leaders and instructors capable of tactics development, validation and instruction.
The last in a series of training exercises, Diamond Storm will be conducted from RAAF Bases Darwin and Tindal and will operate over the Northern Territory training areas.

The Diamond Series of exercises is designed to integrate people and systems; an objective which is now achievable with the introduction of fifth generation capabilities into the RAAF.

As ADF platforms interact, electronically, so too must the human elements interact more closely to get the greatest benefit from this technology.

The AWIC, developed by the Air Warfare Centre, has done that and each component of the course has prepared our instructors to be effective in the integrated Air Warfare space.

Graduates will provide leadership in the development of future tactics and help determine how those tactics can be used to enhance the ADF’s joint warfighting capability using fifth generation platforms.

The course exercises complex war-like scenarios and the students put their newly developed skills into practice and make decisions which will shape the way Air Force fights in the future; in an integrated war-space using fifth generation platforms.

More than 1000 personnel and around 40 aircraft will participate.

Exercise Diamond Storm details

  • A four week exercise
  • From 5 June to 27 June 2017
  • Flying activity: 9am  - 11pm, Monday – Friday
  • The exercise will use airspace over Bradshaw Training Area and Delamere Air Weapons Range to practice large formation offensive and counter air and offensive air support operations.
  • The exercise will involve day and night flying from Darwin and Tindal, as well as a number of land elements in each location.
  • Noise reduction and the environment are vital considerations in the planning and conduct of military flying.

Further Information

The local communities will be informed of Exercise Diamond Storm activities. During the exercise, flying times will be posted on the website. Air Force will also provide information through NT media.