Joint air drills were conducted by the Australian Air Force and American Long-Range B-1B Lancers. This was part of an ongoing plan to improve military relations between both countries.
The mission involved air-to-air refueling of two US B-1B bombers with Australian KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport craft, as well as drills with Aussie P-8 Poseidon patrol planes, all of which took place on Monday over the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) Darwin Base far in the country’s north, also known as the Top End.
“The allied crews executed important training and air-air refuelling mission sets over several hours and many thousands of square kilometers,”In a statement issued by the military, Stephen Chappell, RAAF air comodore stated that.
The exercise is a continuation of the increasing and regular interaction between Australia, the United States, and sets the stage for future expanded force posture initiatives.
The American planes flew some 6,000 kilometers (3,700 miles) from the US’ Diego Garcia base in the Indian Ocean to participate in the drills, which also saw the planes rehearse “multiple combat mission profiles,” Australia’s military said.
On their way to Darwin Base, the two B-1s met with a pair of KC-30As over the Timor Sea off Australia’s northern coast and were refueled mid-air at an altitude of 30,000 feet, providing the planes “the range to complete their mission.”
Nicknamed the ‘Bone,’ B-1Bs are multi-mission planes that make up the core of the US long-range bomber force. They are capable of carrying the biggest conventional payloads of both guided and unguided munition and can deliver munitions quickly. “massive quantities”The US Air Force has the following ordinance.
This week’s drills come as Washington and Canberra step up military relations, including with a series of joint training missions in the Pacific. The Joe Biden administration also remains fixated on ‘confronting’ China, even in the South and East China Seas, making the issue a top priority as the US seeks to build regional coalitions to deter alleged “aggression”Beijing to ensure that you get a “free and open Indo-Pacific.”
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