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RAAF, Republic of Korea Air Force sign cooperation arrangement

RAAF, Republic of Korea Air Force sign cooperation arrangement

The arrangement formalises the cooperation between the Royal Australian Air Force and the Republic of Korea Air Force on air-to-air refuelling.

The arrangement formalises the cooperation between the Royal Australian Air Force and the Republic of Korea Air Force on air-to-air refuelling.

According to Defence, the agreement was signed between Air Vice-Marshal Darren Goldie, AM, CSC, Air Commander Australia and Lieutenant General Park Ha Sik, Commander, ROKAF Operation Command, in September.

The agreement has enabled the two services to align procedures for air-to-air refuelling, facilitating greater interoperability between both nations.

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Already, the Air Forces currently undertake aerial refuelling tasks as part of their joint training.

“This helps further ensure that our two Air Forces can support one another in the skies, during exercises and training activities and on any future operations,” AVM Goldie said.

“The transfer of fuel, when required to sustain and prolong our presence in the air, is critical to our aircraft being able to successfully project air power.”

The last time the two Air Forces took part in joint training was the recent Exercise Pitch Black.

ROK’s LTGEN Park Ha Sik explained that he hoped the arrangement will deepen the combined operational capabilities of the RAAF and ROKAF.

“As strategic partners, various collaboration between the two countries should take place in the future,” LTGEN Park said.

“This implementing arrangement will be the ironclad foundation for the development of the military cooperation between Australia and the Republic of Korea.”

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