Australia's Air Task Group is conducting air combat and support operations in Iraq and Syria; and is operating within a US-led international coalition assembled to disrupt and degrade Deash (also known as ISIL).
Through these operations the coalition is working to protect the people of Iraq with the full permission of the Iraqi Government.
The ATG consists of six Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18 Hornets, an E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft and a KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT).
The Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18A Hornet is a multi-role fighter aircraft, capable of air-to-air and air-to-ground missions.
The single seat F/A-18A can undertake air interception, air combat, close air support of ground troops, and interdiction of enemy supply lines.
The Royal Australian Air Force's E-7A Wedgetail provides an airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) platform that can gather information from a wide variety of sources, analyse it and communicate this information to friendly air and surface assets.
The E-7A Wedgetail can control the tactical battle space, providing direction for fighter aircraft, surface combatants and land based elements, as well as supporting aircraft such as tankers and other intelligence platforms.
The Royal Australian Air Force's KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft are used for both air-to-air refuelling and strategic transport.
The aircraft are fitted with advanced mission systems which include a real-time data-link, military communications and navigation suites, and an electronic warfare self-protection system for protection against surface-to-air missiles.