Exercise Diamond Storm 2022
The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) will conduct Exercise Diamond Storm 22 throughout the Northern Territory, including Darwin, Katherine, Timber Creek, Douglas Daly region and Delamere Air Weapons Range, from 30 May to 24 June, 2022.
Flying times for Exercise Diamond Storm will vary throughout the exercise. The Northern Territory community can expect flying during daylight hours from May 30 to June 24, with night flying also occurring from June 6 to 18. All night flying activities will be completed by 11pm local time to minimise impact to the local community.
There is no planned weekend flying for Exercise Diamond Storm.
Diamond Storm is the culmination activity of its third biennial Air Warfare Instructor Course (AWIC), following a six-month long series of exercises throughout Australia.
AWIC22 encompassed three integration exercises – Exercise Diamond Seas, Exercise Diamond Shield and Exercise Diamond Storm, and integrates warfighting functions across a range of specialisations to develop expert air warfare instructors who will represent the next generation of tactical and integrated warfare experts across the air combat spectrum.
Commander Air Warfare Centre, Air Commodore Ross Bender said the Diamond Series of exercises enhanced and promoted Air Force’s interoperability with the Royal Australian Navy, Australian Army and international partners.
“Diamond Seas and Diamond Shield brought together Royal Australian Navy, Australian Army and Air Force elements in complex maritime and defensive counter air focused scenarios, providing training opportunities to practise and consolidate integrated tactics,” Air Commodore Bender said.
“As the culmination activity, Diamond Storm provides our candidates with the opportunity to apply their skills in high-end warfighting scenarios alongside international partners.”
The trainee air warfare instructors developed their expertise through academic activities and practical exercises that expose the candidates to complex scenarios, focused on broadening and improving their skills.
“On completion of the course, our air warfare instructors will be knowledgeable and approachable experts who can integrate people, systems and combat effects across the five warfare domains: air, land, maritime, space and cyber,” Air Commodore Bender said.
“We will conduct Exercise Diamond Storm throughout the Northern Territory, to operate within some of best training environments Australia has to offer.”