Wedgetail’s keen eye valuable in Alaska

October 1, 2021

Australian Government Department of Defense:

A Royal Australian Air Force No. 2 Squadron E-7A Wedgetail crew provided advanced battlespace management within a multinational environment during Exercise Red Flag Alaska 21-3 in August.

The E-7A crew utilised the aircraft’s advanced communication and surveillance systems to coordinate both fourth- and fifth-generation combat aircraft from the United States Air Force and the RAAF, operating out of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, United States.

No. 2 Squadron Detachment Commander Squadron Leader John Thornton said the E-7A Wedgetail provided long-range early detection of simulated adversary aircraft within the airspace, increasing the situational awareness of air combat operations.

“Exercise Red Flag Alaska was a bilateral exercise where we integrated different platforms from both the United States Air Force and the Royal Australian Air Force,” Squadron Leader Thornton said…

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