The Royal Air Force say that a detachment of over 300 personnel has arrived in the United States to take part in Exercise RED FLAG.
The deploying RAF detachment is formed from Typhoons from RAF Lossiemouth based 1 (Fighter) Squadron and RAF Coningsby based 41 Test and Evaluation Squadron and supported by Voyagers from 10 Squadron and 101 Squadron based at RAF Brize Norton, together with ground support personnel from across the RAF.
“For this iteration of the exercise the RAF Typhoons will join with combat aircraft from the United States Air Force and the Royal Australian Air Force. During the exercise the three air forces will face simulated ground based air defence systems, aggressor aircraft that will simulate a peer adversary, and cyber and space-based threats as combat missions are planned conducted and debriefed.”
Group Captain Barrett, RAF Detachment Commander, was quoted as saying:
“I’m pleased that after many months of preparation Exercise RED FLAG is now getting under way. The exercise will provide unparalleled training for our air and space warfighters and will help prepare them for operations against any adversary who may choose to confront us in the air, space and cyber domains. The opportunity to reaffirm our close ties with United States Air Force and Royal Australian Air Force colleagues is also very welcome.”
The exercise will last until mid-February, seeing the RAF aircraft integrating with the United States Air Force and Royal Australian Air Force aircraft as the operations become more complex.