British Typhoon fighter jets undertook “rare and extremely valuable” one-on-one Dissimilar Air Combat Training, often referred to as dog-fighting, with French Rafale jets.
According to the Royal Air Force here, RAF Typhoons have been conducting combat air training with Rafale fighter jets from the French Air and Space Force, flying from their base locations around the Eastern Mediterranean.
“Royal Air Force Typhoons from 903 Expeditionary Air Wing in Cyprus conducted joint training with French Rafale multi-role fighter jets flown by the Air and Space Force based in the Middle East. Carrying out bilateral air-to-air combat training over the Eastern Mediterranean, the fighters were supported by air-to-air refuelling from an RAF Voyager, also from 903 Expeditionary Air Wing.
The aircraft undertook rare and extremely valuable one-on-one Dissimilar Air Combat Training, often referred to as dog-fighting, with the Rafales. The RAF Voyager tanker extended the time-on-task for the fighters, thus elongating the training opportunity to further improve proficiency.”
Wing Commander Frazer, Commanding Officer of 903 Expeditionary Air Wing, was quoted as saying:
“Building on the previous mission carried out in December 2021, this activity remains fundamental to furthering both nations’ interoperability goals. In addition to some very valuable flying, the operation sends a strong strategic message that we remain in the Eastern Mediterranean as a valuable member of both the counter-Daesh mission and other NATO operations, ready and able to work seamlessly with our many partners in the region.”
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