RAAF Base Edinburgh is home to 92Wing’s AP-3C Orion. In the future, it will also be home to the P-8A Poseidon and the MQ-4C Triton, as well as occasionally hosting the F-35A. ARDU operate a cross section of RAAF aircraft at RAAF Base Edinburgh, conducting a range of test and evaluation activities.
The Lockheed AP-3C Orions are based at Edinburgh and are the heart of Australia’s surveillance and maritime strike capability. 92 Wing operates the AP-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft in roles including anti-submarine and anti-surface surveillance and warfare. 92 Wing is responsible for conducting long-range intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions in support of Australia’s national interest worldwide.
AP-3C Orion aircraft from 92 Wing.
Members of Number 292 Squadron from RAAF Base Edinburgh onboard an AP-3C Orion during a search operation in the Southern Indian Ocean.
The P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol plane will replace the AP-3C Orions to provide maritime surveillance for Australia.
The aircraft will be based at RAAF Base Edinburgh from 2017.
The MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) will be operated from RAAF Edinburgh. Along with the P-8A Poseidon, the unmanned aircraft will be used for maritime patrol and other surveillance roles.
MQ-4C Triton. Photograph courtesy of Northrop Grumman.
Most of Australias new F-35A Lightning II aircraft, will be based at RAAF Bases Williamtown and Tindal. The F-35A is the most suitable aircraft for Australias future air combat and strike needs and will replace the current aging F/A-18A/B Hornets.
Air Force has developed flying operations for the F-35A which minimise potential noise impacts while meeting operational requirements. This includes procedural and flight path modifications to limit, to the greatest extent practicable, the noise impact on the surrounding population.
The public consultation process for the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for flying operations of the F-35A has concluded.Click here to view the approval decision for the final EIS or here for general information about the F-35A. Defence thanks all those who have participated in the public consultation process.
In the same way that F/A-18 Hornets currently deploy to bases around Australia, the F-35A will use RAAF Base Darwin and RAAF Base Townsville to conduct occasional short-term flying operations such as military training exercises. RAAF Base Pearce (Western Australia), RAAF Base Edinburgh (South Australia) and RAAF Base Amberley (Queensland) will also support short-term flying operations of the F-35A aircraft, but will be used less frequently.
A mock up of the F-35A Lightning II aircraft on display at Defence Establishment Fairbairn