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AIR FF10,000 combat hou
WGCDR Jarvis said the ISR officer
remained in constant contact with the
customer unit, normally communicat-
ing directly with a joint terminal attack
controller (JTAC) on the ground.
"The JTAC tells them what they
want to see, where they want the cam-
eras slewed or if there are any changes
to the tasking," he said.
"The JTAC communicates with
the Heron from the tactical operations
centre in Tarin Kot, or from deployed
locations in the field.
"JTACS on the ground can also
download the live feed directly to their
WGCDR Jarvis said training had
been developed from being totally
contractor-driven to now being more
consistent with ADF requirements.
"Flying in Australia occurs at the
Woomera Test Range, with four weeks
of contractor-delivered basic flying
training for the aircrew, followed by
an extra week of operational upgrade
training delivered by 5FLT," he said.
The realistic training involved
5FLT course facilitators role-playing
insurgents, or friendly forces on con-
voy tasks, allowing the operators to
practise convoy overwatch.
"For many of the intelligence staff,
the operational upgrade training pro-
vides their first experience of working
in the aviation crew environment."
There had been many achievements
this rotation, he said.
"Although we have had the ability
for some time to fly the multiple air-
craft, it had only been used to replace
a broken one on-station, increasing
our ability to conduct simultaneous
operations, which has been the biggest
highlight for this rotation.
"The other major highlight has
been the establishment of a superb
relationship with the new Army
Shadow Unmanned Aerial System
team. We have worked closely together
to standardise our reporting formats
to make it easier for our customers, as
well as sharing our tactics, techniques
WGCDR Jarvis said a lot of work
had been done to develop the tactics,
techniques and procedures for dual
operations, "particularly for aircraft
deconfliction and the 'return home'
route which is programmed into the air-
craft in case of loss of the data link".
"We always get positive feedback
from our customers," he said. "We're
not a Reaper and we don't have
weapons, but despite this, Special
Operations Task Group, the Mentoring
Task Force and coalition units always
seem happy with the support that they
receive from us."
CPL Nick Wiseman
SINCE it began flying with the ADF in 2010,
the Heron has been an "unmitigated suc-
cess story", according to CO 5FLT WGCDR
More than 200 members from all three ser-
vices had deployed with the aircraft, he said.
The Royal New Zealand Air Force has given
the group an international flavour by providing
a geospatial imagery analyst.
Within 14 months of rotation one flying in
Afghanistan, training had been relocated from
Canada to Australia -- and WGCDR McMullan
said this had been a mammoth achievement.
"The next step is flying within other
Defence restricted airspace within Australia,"
"This will allow Heron to participate in mis-
sion rehearsal exercises with the Army."
A comprehensive training package has
been developed and is currently delivered by
5FLT, in cooperation with McDonald Dettwiler
and Associates, to deploying members to
ensure they arrive in Afghanistan operation-
ally focused and ready to work with minimal
UP, UP AND AWAY: Air vehicle operator SQNLDR Steve Edwards pilots the Heron RPA from
Photo: CPL Melina Mancuso
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