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United States Force Posture Initiatives

Enhanced Air Cooperation

Enhanced Air Cooperation (EAC) activities commenced in February 2017, adding an extra dimension to the Initiatives in Australia.

The EAC initiative aims to strengthen bilateral collaboration and enhance interoperability through increased participation of US air elements, including fifth generation strike fighters and strategic bombers in a range of training activities and exercises with the ADF.

While flying activities are the most traditional and visible demonstration of air cooperation, EAC is not just about aircraft. EAC activities have several lines of effort including joint and combined warfighting effects, operational manoeuvre, integrating enabling capabilities, and strategic logistics.

Enhanced Air Cooperation provides Australia and the United States with the opportunity to extend combined technical skills and logistics training and will enhance RAAF’S transition to a fifth generation Air Force by introducing fifth generation operations and requirements to RAAF Bases.

Current year

Enhanced Air Cooperation 2019

EAC activities will continue to build on the programs that were developed in 2017 and 2018, and will focus on fifth generation fighter integration, aero-medical evacuation training and integrated aircraft maintenance activities.

Assets:

  • F-22 Raptors
  • F-35B (USS Wasp)
  • F-16
  • B-52 Strategic Bombers
  • USAF C-130J
  • F-16
  • F-15

Training Focus Areas:

  • Advanced joint and combined warfighting effects
  • Operational maneuver and resiliency
  • Integrating enabling capabilities
  • Strategic logistics

Previous years

 

2018

Assets:

  • USAF B-52 Strategic Bombers
  • RAAF C-17 Globemaster
  • USAF F22 Raptors

Training Focus Areas:

  • Aero Medical Evacuation interoperability
  • Air to air refuelling capabilities
  • Fifth generation integration
  • Combat mobility
  • Integration of airborne strike assets
  • Mobile basing concepts and integrated maintenance training

2017

Assets:

  • USAF F-22 Raptors
  • USAF B1 Lancers
  • RAAF F/A-18A Hornets
  • RAAF C-17 Globemaster

Training Focus Areas:

  • Air to air refuelling capabilities
  • Combat mobility and ground scheme manoeuvres
  • Integration of airborne strike assets
  • Combat mobility
  • Integration of airborne strike assets
  • Integrated maintenance training