Air Warfare Instructor Course has commenced
11 March 2022
The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has commenced the 2022 Diamond series of exercises for the third biennial Air Warfare Instructor Course (AWIC).
AWIC is a six-month course of intensive training, integrating warfighting functions across a range of specialisations within the Air Force. AWIC aims to provide commanders expertise in harnessing the combat potential of integrated air, space and cyber capabilities in support of the joint force.
Exercise Director, Group Captain Matthew Harper, said the Diamond series of exercises enhances and promotes RAAF’s interoperability with the Royal Australian Navy, Australian Army and international partners.
“AWIC22 encompasses a range of academic activities and practical exercises that expose the candidates to complex scenarios,” Group Captain Harper said.
“The course is tailored to meet the specific requirements of RAAF capability, aimed at broadening and improving their skills, graduating knowledgeable, approachable and expert warfighters.
“Establishing high-end warfighting scenarios ensures that on completion, the air warfare instructors can apply their newly developed skills in assisting RAAF to deliver air power as part of the joint force,” Group Captain Harper said.
The first of the three exercises that comprise AWIC, Exercise Diamond Seas, occurred in Rockhampton, Shoalwater Bay Training Area and Yeppoon, Queensland in February 2022.
Conducted over land and sea along the Eastern Australian Exercise Area, Exercise Diamond Seas provided AWIC candidates with important air-maritime integration training.
Diamond Shield will be the second of the AWIC training exercises occurring off the east coast of Australia, followed by Exercise Diamond Storm in the Northern Territory.
Training exercises such as the Diamond Series help ensure the Australian Defence Force (ADF) remains prepared to protect Australia and its national interests.
The ADF appreciates the support of the community during these crucial training activities and is committed to ensuring every effort is made to minimise impact to local residents.
Noise reduction and the environment are vital considerations in the planning and conduct of military flying. Information on aircraft noise and current flying activities is available at www.defence.gov.au/aircraftnoise or by calling 1300 DEFENCE (1300 333 362).
Media can access imagery of the Diamond Series of exercises at https://images.defence.gov.au/S20220165