KEY POINTS

  • Record Size: Largest ever, with 21 countries and over 140 aircraft.
  • New Participants: Includes Italy, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, and Spain.
  • Advanced Aircraft: Features F-35A Lightning II, EA-18G Growler, and Su-30MKI Flanker.
  • Multi-Role Missions: Includes air-to-air refuelling, reconnaissance, and airlift operations.
  • Geographic Spread: Operations from bases in Darwin, Tindal, and Amberley.
  • Interoperability: Enhances joint operations with international forces.
  • Skill Development: Focuses on complex combat scenarios to improve tactical skills.
  • Long History: Started over 40 years ago to improve combat readiness of RAAF and allies.
  • Growth Over Time: Expanded significantly to include numerous countries and advanced aircraft.
  • Demonstration of Air Power: Showcases Australian and allied air power capabilities, reinforcing defence strategy and regional security.