About the role
As an Air Warfare Officer (AWO), you’ll hold a key position flying and operating two of the Air Force’s most capable and technologically advanced aircraft – the P-3K2 Orion of the Airborne Surveillance and Response Force or the C-130 Hercules of the Fixed Wing Transport Force.
The AWO role has two distinct employment specialisations depending on the aircraft type you operate. The Orion has three Air Warfare Officers in its crew — an Information Manager (IM), a Sensor Employment Manager (SEM) and a Tactical Coordinator (TACCO). (The SEM role can only be reached by first becoming an Air Warfare Specialist.) The C-130 has one AWO on board whose role combines aspects of the three specialist areas.
This is a challenging and ever-changing role that will take you the length and breadth of the country and to a variety of locations overseas. You will play a pivotal role in a highly capable crew providing the co-ordination of operational missions and may even have the opportunity to Captain the P-3K2.
The two aircraft perform a variety of roles including search and rescue, low level tactical flights, long range flights, fisheries patrols, parachuting, anti-submarine warfare, operational tasking, disaster relief and aeromedical evacuation.