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Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Iraq And The Transformation of the Royal Australian Air Force

Boeing 737-700 AEW&C (Wedgetail)Washington often grumbles about its allies and their contributions — or lack thereof — to the common defense. But some allies are making key investments in 21st century weapons to operate against 21st century threats.

A good example is the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and its operations against ISIL in Iraq. The RAAF strike force flew from Australia to the Middle East using its own tankers and airlift. It’s been a long road to this sort of deployment.

The Aussies entered the 21st century with an aging Air Force. The transformation really began when they added the C-17, which was at the end of its production run.

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