Williamtown's Hawk Lead-In Fighter aircraft training at Salt Ash Air Weapons Range

OPERATIONS: A trio of Hawk 127 lead in fighters flying over RAAF Base Williamtown. Hawk 127 aircraft from Williamtown will return to Salt Ash Air Weapons Range to conduct training from Monday, 13 July. Picture: SGT David Gibbs/ADF
OPERATIONS: A trio of Hawk 127 lead in fighters flying over RAAF Base Williamtown. Hawk 127 aircraft from Williamtown will return to Salt Ash Air Weapons Range to conduct training from Monday, 13 July. Picture: SGT David Gibbs/ADF

Salt Ash Air Weapons Range will soon become a hive of activity as Hawk Lead-In Fighter aircraft from Williamtown RAAF Base undertake training.

Hawk 127 jets from the base's Number 76 Squadron have scheduled four weeks of operations on the range from Monday, July 13 to Friday, August 7. The training will be conducted on weekdays.

Pilatus PC-21 aircraft from Number 4 Squadron will support training at the range during the week of July 13 and 17, then again between August 10 and 21 and September 7 and 11.

Commander Air Combat Group, Air Commodore Tim Alsop, said residents living in East Medowie, Salt Ash and Lemon Tree Passage can expect the range to be used consistently throughout this four week period.

"Air Force has a responsibility to ensure personnel are ready and able to deploy at short notice, which involves the necessary training that is employed at SAAWR [Salt Ash Air Weapons Range]," Air Commodore Alsop said.

"Aircrew always minimise their use of the range, and once proficiency has been attained they move onto the next stage of their course.

Stock image of a Pilatus PC-21 aircraft.

Stock image of a Pilatus PC-21 aircraft.

"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.

"They 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."

No. 4 Squadron support Joint Terminal Attack training for the RAAF Combat Controllers and the Australian Army.

Department of Defence said the Air Force would make every effort to minimise inconvenience to residents during training.

For more information phone 1800 033 200 or go to airforce.gov.au/operations/flying-operations.

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