The Royal Australian Air Force have outlined the planned operations for the next six months at Evans Head Air Weapons Range (EVDAWR) at Evans Head on the north coast of New South Wales.
Air Force currently operates F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft from RAAF Base Amberley conducting gunnery and bombing operations at EVDAWR. Aircrew will also conduct low level flying during each mission within the range airspace.
Commander of Air Combat Group, Air Commodore Tim Alsop said an Air Force review of the range has determined that EVDAWR is suitable as a gunnery and bombing practice area for the F-35A Lightning II.
“Squadron aircrew plan to utilise the EVDAWR for air to surface bombing training activities for the Lightning in the same manner as the F/A-18F Super Hornet.’’ AIRCDRE Alsop said.
Air Force has used the range for gunnery and bombing practice for a total of 10 days since January 2018. Environmental clearances have provided for Air Force to use the range including the overwater area for up to 70 days a year. Of those 70 days – 40 days have been set aside for gunnery.
The scheduled program for July to December 2020: -
17 - 21 August 2020 - F-35A Lightning II trial verification and validation
12 - 16 October 2020 - F/A-18F Super Hornets
19 - 23 October 2020 - F/A-18F Super Hornets
26 - 30 October 2020 - F/A-18F Super Hornets
9 - 13 November 2020 - F-35A Lightning II trial verification and validation
Aircraft will not use the range every day for training activities. Training activities can involve up to two waves/day application pattern and live strafe and involve lasers.
Local residents are advised access to the range (land areas) remains restricted regardless of any activities being conducted. This is due to the historical use of range and the possibility of unexploded ordnance remaining at the site.
For safety reasons, the Southern DPA (overwater) will be closed from 10am to 5pm during those weeks of operations.
“Residents are advised operations on the range can change due to weather or other operational considerations so people are advised to heed the closure of the range overwater areas from 10am to 5pm.”
“Air Force appreciates the ongoing input and long standing support the local community provides in terms of our operations.’’ AIRCDRE Alsop said.
The Evans Head Evans Head Air Weapons Range Community Advisory Panel has been advised of these activities.
Defence personnel display Red Flags whenever live firing activities are conducted and carry out patrols to ensure people don’t stray into the area.
For a copy of the overwater DPA map and GPS co-ordinates please refer to the Defence website
and go to Ops Near Me Evans Head tab.