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What does air battle management involve?

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The Department of Defence has released insight into the inner workings of the Australian Air Task Group (ATG), which is made up of Air Combat Officers and Air Surveillance Operators from the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

Australia's military actions in the Gulf region are part of its wider mission - Operation Okra.

What are Australia's air operations in the Gulf region?

As reported by the Department of Defence, the ATG is part of an international coalition to combat Deash (also referred to as ISIL), with permission from the Iraqi government. It is led by the US military and includes the following nations: Australia, Bahrain,  Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, UK, and the United Arab Emirates.

Embedded in the ATG are a select few soldiers who provide command and direction to coalition members of the airspace above parts of Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, known as the "battlespace".

Altogether, these soldiers are on their 18th rotation of forces to the Gulf region and specialise in air battle management in conjunction with the US Air Force 727th Expeditionary Air Control Squadron. The team consists of 60 military personnel from RAAF, the Royal Air Force, US Air Force and US Marine Corps and are colloquially referred to as "KINGPIN".

KINGPIN's role in air operations

The messages are transmitted through real-time radar surveillance.

Flying Officer Andrew, one of the Air Combat Officers who operates within Kingpin, explained that the team provides the command for any air strikes and other such missions. 

"KINGPIN's role is much like the E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft but operates from a static ground position rather than the air - 24 hours a day, seven days a week," said Officer Andrew.

"The coordination can range from air-to-air refuelling, which enables aircraft to remain on task longer, to calling in the fast-jets to conduct a strike on a target identified by a Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) on the ground."

KINGPIN's role is to transfer communications between coalition aircraft and the Combined Air and Space Operations Centre. The messages are transmitted through real-time radar surveillance, facilitating the efficient coordination of all coalition aircraft operating at a given time.

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