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Royal Thai Air Force hosts RAAF for bilateral fighter exercise

F/A-18F Super Hornets, from the Royal Australian Air Force, in formation with F-16s, from the Royal Thai Air Force, during Exercise Thai Boomerang 2019.

The Royal Thai Air Force will host six aircraft and more than 120 personnel from the Royal Australian Air Force for Exercise Thai Boomerang 23 in Thailand.

The Royal Thai Air Force will host six aircraft and more than 120 personnel from the Royal Australian Air Force for Exercise Thai Boomerang 23 in Thailand.

The bilateral fighter jet exercise focuses on enhancing interoperability through a variety of training scenarios between the RAAF No. 1 Squadron’s F/A-18F Super Hornets alongside the Royal Thai Air Force’s F-16 Fighting Falcon and JAS-39 Gripen fighters.

Wing Commander Sean Hamilton, Commanding Officer No. 1 Squadron, said the exercise, based out of Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base in Thailand, would test and improve combined force integration, as well as strengthen bilateral partnership and combined readiness.

“Exercise Thai Boomerang provides an opportunity to enhance Australia’s security partnership with Thailand through stronger relationships and interoperability,” WGCDR Hamilton said.

“We look forward to training alongside the Royal Thai Air Force and conducting air combat scenarios with mixed formations of fighters.

“These shared experiences provide the building blocks for a cooperative working relationship and enable us to learn from one another, to become a more effective fighting force.”

The exercise provides an opportunity to deepen the strategic partnership between Australia and Thailand through defence engagement by fostering closer understanding, friendship, and rapport between aviators at all levels.

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