The Australian forces will be initially based at Al Minhad Air Base in the UAE, about 1,500 kilometres south-east of Baghdad. With most of the operations against IS expected to be conducted taking place north and west of the Iraqi capital, if they are committed to operations missions of five or more hours for the Super Hornet crews will be common.
$A23,000 per flight hour. 900 miles SE of Baghdad. That and tanker gas... whatever the over-priced PGM that is used costs...
...to take out a Toyota truck or a few dirt insurgents.
A defence contractor's dream.
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