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Air Task Group (ATG)

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).

F/A-18 Hornets

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.

E-7A Wedgetail

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.

KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport

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.

Australia's Air Task Group is conducting air combat and support operations in Iraq and is operating within a US-led international coalition assembled to disrupt and degrade 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-18F Super Hornets, an E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft and a KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT).

F/A-18F Super Hornet

The Royal Australian Air Force's F/A-18F Super Hornets provide Australia with an advanced air combat capability for air-to-air and air-to-ground missions.

The two-seat F/A-18F Super Hornet can undertake air interception, air combat, close air support of ground troops and interdiction of enemy supply lines.

E-7A Wedgetail

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.

KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport

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.

ATG Operations

F/A-18 IRAQ
Month Sorties Hours Munitions
F/A-18F
Sep-14 4 10 0
Oct-14 79 638 25
Nov-14 62 489 49
Dec-14 76 586 61
Jan-15 70 601 53
Feb-15 66 541 35
Mar-15 61 496 55
F/A-18F Total 418 3361 278
F/A-18A
Mar-15 22 160 8
Apr-15 72 536 43
May-15 66 484 45
Jun-15 72 513 42
Jul-15 66 486 42
Aug-15 74 544 39
Sep-15 60 454 37
Oct-15 78 570 34
Nov-15 70 540 73
Dec-15 73 539 81
Jan-16 74 561 111
Feb-16 62 474 69
Mar-16 82 624 80
Apr-16 80 624 71
May-16 78 614.2 91
Jun-16 78 610.8 67
F/A-18A Total 1111 8365.7 931
Total 1,529 11,727 1,216
F/A-18 SYRIA
Month Sorties Hours Munitions
F/A-18F
Sep-14 0 0 0
Oct-14 0 0 0
Nov-14 0 0 0
Dec-14 0 0 0
Jan-15 0 0 0
Feb-15 0 0 0
Mar-15 0 0 0
F/A-18F Total 0 0 0
F/A-18A
Mar-15 0 0 0
Apr-15 0 0 0
May-15 0 0 0
Jun-15 0 0 0
Jul-15 0 0 0
Aug-15 0 0 0
Sep-15 18 143 2
Oct-15 0 0 0
Nov-15 0 0 0
Dec-15 10 57 21
Jan-16 6 33 11
Feb-16 4 27 4
Mar-16 0 0 0
Apr-16 0 0 0
May-16 0 0 0
Jun-16 0 0 0
F/A-18A Total 38 259.6 38
Total 38 260 38
E-7A IRAQ/SYRIA
Month Sorties Hours Entered Syrian Airspace
Sep-14 2 9 0
Oct-14 21 276 0
Nov-14 15 182 0
Dec-14 15 157 0
Jan-15 11 133 0
Feb-15 10 107 0
Mar-15 12 157 0
Apr-15 9 101 0
May-15 9 111 0
Jun-15 10 133 0
Jul-15 9 123 0
Aug-15 10 133 0
Sep-15 10 116 10
Oct-15 11 128 11
Nov-15 9 117 9
Dec-15 11 114 10
Jan-16 11 140 0
Feb-16 10 125 0
Total 195 2,392 40
KC-30A IRAQ/SYRIA
Month Sorties Hours Fuel (lbs) Entered Syrian airspace
Sep-14 4 17 97,372 0
Oct-14 30 231 2,405,658 0
Nov-14 34 269 2,613,521 0
Dec-14 37 294 3,246,495 0
Jan-15 36 321 3,204,936 0
Feb-15 28 235 2,425,352 0
Mar-15 34 277 2,790,184 0
Apr-15 38 296 3,294,743 0
May-15 33 263 2,894,191 0
Jun-15 34 262 2,796,804 0
Jul-15 39 280 2,982,550 0
Aug-15 37 280 2,368,105 0
Sep-15 32 262 2,580,300 0
Oct-15 26 207 2,017,150 5
Nov-15 25 213 2,038,550 0
Dec-15 32 268 2,519,800 0
Jan-16 35 280 2,766,410 0
Feb-16 32 267 2,764,750 0
Total 566 4,522 45,806,871 5

Other Air Operations

Military Stores Delivery

Australia has completed six military stores delivery missions into Iraq:

9 December: A RAAF C-17A Globemaster successfully delivered approximately 40,000lb of crated weapons from Albania to Erbil in Iraq.

24 September: A RAAF C-130J Hercules, carried AK47 assault rifles with slings and magazines (11.5 tonnes).

16 September: A RAAF C-17A Globemaster carried small arms 7.62mm ammunition (30 tonnes).

7 September: A RAAF C-17A Globemaster carried small arms 7.62mm ammunition (58 tonnes).

4 September: A RAAF C-17A Globemaster carried small arms 7.62mm ammunition (57 tonnes).

2 September: A RAAF C-17A Globemaster carried 82mm mortar rounds (38 tonnes).

The Australian missions were consistent with similar assistance provided by the United States, Albania, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Italy, France and the United Kingdom.

Humanitarian Aid Delivery

31 August: A RAAF C-130J aircraft delivered 15 bundles of Australian humanitarian supplies to isolated civilians in the northern Iraqi town of Amirli on 31 August 2014. The supplies included high energy biscuits, bottled water and hygiene packs which are designed to feed and hydrate 2600 people for 24 hours.

14 August: A RAAF C-130J aircraft delivered nine tonnes of supplies to Yezidi civilians trapped on Mount Sinjar in the country's north.

November: An Australian C-130 from Australia's support base in the Middle East conducted four airdrops at Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq in the early hours (Iraq time) of Thursday, 20 November, Friday 21 November, late Sunday, 23 November and early Monday, 24 November 2014 (the last two conducted on the same mission). Over 32 tonnes was delivered in 75 bundles including food, water, tents and blankets.