RAAF Base Williamtown Hawk Lead-In Fighter aircraft from No. 76 Squadron (76SQN) returned to the Salt Ash Air Weapons Range (SAAWR) to conduct air-to-surface weapons training for aircrew from Monday 22 July.
76SQN has scheduled four weeks of SAAWR operations from Monday 22 July through to Friday 16 August 2019. The aircraft will use the range on week days only.
PC-9/A aircraft from No. 4 Squadron (4SQN) will conduct essential training at SAAWR from Monday 19 August to Friday 30 August 2019, and during the week of Monday 14 October to Friday 18 October 2019. 4SQN support essential Joint Terminal Attack training for Army.
No. 2 Operational Conversion Unit (2OCU) F/A-18A/B Hornet aircraft will also use the range for the last time during the week commencing 14 October 2019.
Commander Air Combat Group, Air Commodore (AIRCDRE) Tony Grady said residents living in East Medowie, Salt Ash and Lemon Tree Passage can expect the range to be used consistently throughout this period.
“Air Combat Group units will always attempt to minimise their use of the range, and once aircrew proficiency has been attained the unit will move onto the next stage of their course,’’ he said.
“Air Force has a responsibility to ensure personnel are ready and able to deploy at short notice, and this involves necessary air-to-surface weapons training at SAAWR.”
AIRCDRE Grady said every effort was made to minimise any inconvenience to residents during SAAWR training and advised the range schedule could change at short notice due to weather or operational considerations.