The E-7A Wedgetail’s contribution to Operation OKRA

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CANBERRA, -- The E-7A Wedgetail is making an incredible contribution to Operation OKRA, with over 1,470 hours flown so far this campaign, they play an important role providing an air picture to Coalition assets and higher Headquarters; together the team is providing essential support to Iraq to defeat Daesh.

The Air Task Group, Operation OKRA, is part of the US-led Coalition air campaign conducting close air support and precision strike operations in support of the Iraqi Security Forces.

Close air support missions are focussed on disrupting and degrading Daesh operations to empower the Iraqi Security Forces to defeat the Daesh.

The E-7A provides support to the close air support missions through airborne early warning and control.

The Detachment Commander for the E-7A currently deployed in the Middle East Region explained that the E-7A Wedgetail aircraft is a formidable command and control platform that is able to manage and coordinate coalition forces in the battlespace that are conducting operations in Iraq and Syria.

“A Wedgetail mission on Operation OKRA can range from a 13-hour to a just over a 16-hour flight with 13 crew members on board,” the Detachment Commander said.

“The mission will ordinarily have two air-to-air refuels during its flight, whilst still maintaining command and control to fast-jet and tanker aircraft.

“The Wedgetail crew provide a communications relay between airborne and ground assets, they pass target details to the fast-jet pilots and manage tanker assets within the battlespace making sure they are in the right place at the right time to provide fuel to the aircraft that need it” the Detachment Commander explained. “

The professionalism and highly trained skills of the Wedgetail team are being recognised within the Coalition and together they are making a difference for the people of Iraq and Syria.

Task Group 630, also known as the Air Task Group, is part of the US-led coalition air campaign conducting close air support and precision strike operations in support of the Iraqi Security Forces.

Close air support missions are focussed on disrupting and degrading Da’esh operations to empower the Iraqi Security Forces to defeat the Da’esh. The E-7A Wedgetail aircraft provides command and control support to the close air support missions through airborne early warning and control.


.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.


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