Hawk 127 Lead-In Fighter aircraft from Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Williamtown will return to the Salt Ash Air Weapons Range (SAAWR) to conduct training from Monday 13 July.
No. 76 Squadron aircraft have scheduled four weeks of operations on the range to begin from Monday 13 July through to Friday 7 August during week days only.
No. 4 Squadron PC-21 aircraft will support essential training during the weeks of 13 to 17 July and 10 to 21 August, and from Monday 7 -11 September. No. 4 Squadron support essential Joint Terminal Attack training for the RAAF Combat Controllers and Army.
Air Commodore Tim Alsop, Commander Air Combat Group said residents living in East Medowie, Salt Ash and Lemon Tree Passage can expect the range to be used consistently throughout this period.
“Aircrew always minimise their use of the range and once proficiency has been attained they 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 the necessary training that is employed at SAAWR,’’ he said.
“Combat Controllers are command’s first eyes and ears on the ground in humanitarian or conflict situations and are called on to conduct rapid airfield clearance.
“Combat Controllers provide a range of capabilities, including declaring a landing zone safe for aircraft to land, meteorology observation and controlling air strikes from the ground.
“Range training around Australia and on SAAWR hones our collective skills in the air and on the ground.”
Air Commodore Alsop said every effort was made to minimise inconvenience to residents during SAAWR training and advised the range schedule could change at short notice due to weather or operational considerations.