Typhoons from XI (Fighter) Squadron have arrived in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to join this year’s Spears of Victory exercise being held at the King Abdulaziz Air Base.
Personnel from across the RAF have deployed on this large scale, Saudi hosted multinational air warfare training exercise.
“The RAF are joining participants from several branches of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s military, as well as contingents from Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, France, Greece, Pakistan, and the US.
In addition to the RAF Typhoons taking part in this year’s exercise, the Royal Saudi Air Force will be flying their Typhoons, Tornados and F-15s. F-16s are taking part from Bahrain, Greece, and the UAE. The Saudi F-15s will be joined by others from Qatar. The French Air and Space detachment will be contributing Rafales, and the Pakistan Air Force will be flying their JF-17s. The Royal Air Force of Oman will also be flying Typhoons.”
Squadron Leader Hodgkinson, UK Detachment Commander, was quoted as saying:
“The welcome at King Abdulaziz Air Base and the support in country has been fantastic and the facilities here will allow us to really make the most of this opportunity. We look forward to a busy deployment, operating at a high tempo alongside our international colleagues; I am confident the whole detachment will learn a great deal from the Exercise.”
The United States Detachment is not flying this year, but instead has committed a mixed unit of National Guardsmen to provide a range of ground support activities, including Fire Fighters Security, and logisticians to support the exercise.
During the exercise the nations will be conducting defensive counter air and offensive counter air operations, as well as air interdiction training against live and simulated threats. The objective is to test the reactions of pilots in a variety of situations in a challenging air environment; you can read more from the RAF here.