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Air Task Group (ATG) – 2016 Statistics

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-18A IRAQ
Month Sorties Hours Entered Syrian Airspace
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
Jul-16 80 595.5 52
Aug-16 80 596 49
Sep-16 72 555.5 30
Oct-16 66 539.1 75
Nov-16 72 565.4 51
Dec-16 76 614.9 50
Total 900 6,974.4 796
F/A-18A SYRIA
Month Sorties Hours Entered Syrian Airspace
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
Jul-16 0 0 0
Aug-16 4 24 7
Sep-16 2 20.6 0
Oct-16 0 0 0
Nov-16 0 0 0
Dec-16 0 0 0
Total 16 104.6 22
E-7A IRAQ/SYRIA
Month Sorties Hours Entered Syrian Airspace
Jan-16 11 140 0
Feb-16 11 138.4 0
Mar-16 10 126.3 5
Apr-16 11 142.6 11
May-16 11 140 11
Jun-16 9 114.4 9
Jul-16 11 131.6 11
Aug-16 11 144.7 11
Sep-16 10 127.7 10
Oct-16 11 135.9 11
Nov-16 9 104.8 8
Dec-16 10 125.5 10
Total 125 1,571.9 97
KC-30A IRAQ/SYRIA
Month Sorties Hours Fuel (lbs) Entered Syrian airspace
Jan-16 35 280 2,766,410 0
Feb-16 33 267.3 2,866,650 0
Mar-16 32 248.8 2,619,654 0
Apr-16 33 277.8 2,702,200 0
May-16 33 262.6 2,577,400 0
Jun-16 31 245.5 2,332,650 0
Jul-16 33 258.6 2,427,600 2
Aug-16 28 219.6 2,081,350 8
Sep-16 35 270.7 2,790,450 6
Oct-16 33 261.6 2,797,100 11
Nov-16 32 269.8 2,655,700 13
Dec-16 27 223.9 1,904,850 7
Total 385 3,806.2 3,052,201.4 47