RAAF fighter jets support specialised on-ground training at Salt Ash Air Weapons Range and near Bulahdelah

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RAAF Base Williamtown Hornet and PC-9 aircraft will conduct air support for Australian Defence Force Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) training on the Salt Ash Air Weapons Range and near Bulahdelah during the week of 26 to 29 March. 

Commander of Air Combat Group, Air Commodore (AIRCDRE) Michael Kitcher said the training requires single or pairs of F/A-18A/B Hornet aircraft to conduct continuous passes dropping training rounds over the Salt Ash Range on Monday 26 March from 9am to 5pm.

“From 7.30pm to 9.30pm, a single hornet will conduct dry passes over the range,” AIRCDRE Kitcher said.

“Due to the nature of this training, the aircraft will remain at a higher altitude reducing noise levels.”

Day and night time activities might continue into Tuesday 27 March if weather or operational issues cause delays.

“Training operations will then move to farmland near Bulahdelah where RAAF Base Williamtown personnel conduct regular training.”

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 to deliver maximum effect with minimal impact on civilians and civilian infrastructure.”

These activities are normally supported by PC-9 aircraft, so local community members may notice the different aircraft type.

“Air Force is committed to ensuring every effort is made to minimise any inconvenience to residents living in these areas and local community support is appreciated,” AIRCDRE Kitcher said.

Residents should refer to the RAAF Base Williamtown flying program website on https://aircraftnoisemap.airforce.gov.au/assets/site.html?219#base/1

Information on aircraft noise and current flying activities is available at http://www.defence.gov.au/aircraftnoise, or by calling 1300 DEFENCE (1300 333 362)