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Exercise Bushido Guardian 2019 to begin

10th September 2019 - 07:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) are set to take part in their first bilateral air combat exercise, Exercise Bushido Guardian 2019.

The RAAF will deploy seven F/A-18A/B Classic Hornet fighter aircraft to participate in the exercise; along with KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircraft providing personnel transport and air-to-air refuelling capability; and a C-17A Globemaster and C-130J Hercules providing heavy airlift capability.

The exercise offers the RAAF and the JASDF training benefits and a chance to enhance shared military cooperation.

Air Commander Australia, Air Vice-Marshal Joe Iervasi, said: ‘Exercise Bushido Guardian 2019 will offer opportunities for Australia and Japan to not only test and evaluate existing interoperability, but also to increase mutual awareness on force generation requirements including long range deployment and sustainment practices.’

The exercise will be held from 11 September to 8 October.

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