Royal Air Force Typhoon jets and a Voyager tanker have flown to Portugal to demonstrate their ability to project airpower over the Atlantic and Western Mediterranean.
According to the Royal Air Force here, flying from RAF Lossiemouth in Elgin, Scotland, the Typhoon FGR4 operated by IX (B) Squadron, transited north to Monte Real Air Base in Portugal – home to the 201 and 301 Fighter Squadrons who both operate F-16 Falcons, as they continued their air integration training.
“Two Royal Air Force Typhoons have flown to Portugal to conduct fighter integration training with their Portuguese counterparts. The training also demonstrates the UK’s commitment to the defence of NATO, and ability to project airpower over the Atlantic and Western Mediterranean.
Operating away from the home base offers a range of training opportunities for the aircrew as flying alongside other nations provides invaluable insight to each other’s tactics and procedures. Each of the pilots got to fly alongside their Portuguese Air Force counterparts in a variety of fighter manoeuvres.
The Typhoons made the journey to and from Portugal with the support of a Voyager aircraft from RAF Brize Norton, which provided air to air refuelling, you can read more here.