History

The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) will join in the exercise THAI BOOMERANG 2011 which will take place from 22 August – 2 September 2011 at Wing 1, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.In 1990, for the first time, 2 RAAF F/A-18s flew to Thailand in a Goodwill Visit mission. Later, in 1992 the mission was expanded to ACMI training with RTAF F-16s and the exercise was named THAI BOOMERANG 92 (previously planned to name it BARON-PHRAPHAI) Then, the two air forces continued to improve the exercise by sending more aircraft to participate. RAAF sent 4 F/A-18s from 3 Squadron while RTAF sent 4 F-16s from 103 Squadron to join the exercise which took place at Wing 1, Nakhon Ratchasima.From 5th exercise in its series, RTAF F-16s from 403 Squadron have additionally participated in the exercise which lasts for about one week. Then the exercise frequency was changed to once every other year in alternate with the exercise Pitch Black which is held at RAAF DARWIN and RAAF TINDAL, Australia. The missions of the exercise include Dissimilar Basic Fighter Maneuver : DBFM, (Dissimilar Air Combat Maneuver : DACM, Dissimilar Air Combat Tactics : DACT and (Large Force Employment : LFE).

   In the exercise THAI BOOMERANG 15, RTAF send 300 personnel and aircrafts from 102, 103, 403 and 701 squadron (4 from each squadron) while RAAF send 125 personnel and 7 F/A-18s from 77 Squadron, from RAAF Williantown to participate in the exercise.