RAAF flies first training flights

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – RAAF aircraft set to participate in attacks on Islamic State (IS) jihadists have conducted their first training missions in the Middle East region.

Defence said F/A-18F Super Hornets, an E-7A Wedgetail airborne early warning and control aircraft and KC-30A airborne refueler all conducted preliminary flights from Australia’s Middle East base yesterday.

That was aimed at familiarising aircrew of the Air Task Group with local conditions and coalition procedures so they can operate in the coalition command and control network.