Minister for Defence Materiel – Wedgetail successfully completes international exercise

The Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft has successfully participated in the Five Power Defence Arrangements Exercise BERSAMA LIMA, Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare said today.

The Five Power Defence Arrangements Exercise BERSAMA LIMA 2011 commenced on 17 October and will finish today in the Malaysian Peninsula and South China Sea.

“This is another step forward in the $3.9 billion project which will provide the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) with a leading-edge surveillance aircraft,” Mr Clare said.

“Our aircraft worked with ground, sea and air assets from Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and the United Kingdom in a range of exercise scenarios.”

During the exercises, the aircraft’s sensors, communications suite and datalinks were used for Maritime Strike, Offensive and Defensive Counter Air operations.

Fifty-six Australian personnel deployed with the aircraft, comprising two flight crews and two maintenance crews as well as support personnel.

“The exercise provided important training for our pilots, air crew and ground crew in maritime and air combat situations – working closely with our Five Power partners,” Mr Clare said.

Media contact: Korena Flanagan – 02 6277 7620

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