The Royal Australian Air Force is providing assistance during the bushfire crisis on the continent in a number of ways:
- A RAAF C-17A Globemaster collected the first 20-tonne load of fire retardant powder from Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, and delivered it to RAAF Base Richmond on January 18. It will be used to mix retardant for air tankers to slow the spread of bushfires in Australia in support of state and federal emergency authorities. A second load of retardant arrived on January 19 on an RAAF KC-30A multi-role tanker transport. A total of 117 tonnes will be delivered over four loads over the coming week as part of Operation Bushfire Assist.
- C-17A Globemaster airplanes have transported NH-90 helicopters from New Zealand, water purification and desalination systems, and 80,000-liter and 40,000-liter water tanks for the Very Large Air Tanker reloading base. They also transported spares for the three DC-10 Very Large Air Tankers, including an engine, auxiliary power unit, and numerous tires.
- Staged crash-rescue fire engines at helibases to support hot refueling.
- Installed and staffed transportable air traffic control towers.
- C-27J Spartan aircraft assisted in the evacuation of personnel from Mallacoota.
- P-8A Poseidons conducted reconnaissance flights over fire-affected areas.
The videos below illustrate some of the roles of the Royal Australian Air Force during the bushfire crisis.