Over two dozen British aircraft have taken part in training with American bombers and fighter aircraft.
According to the RAF, over 26 various aircraft took part in Exercise POINT BLANK, which
demonstrates interoperability between the United States Air Force and Royal Air Force.
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RAF Typhoons and F-35 Lightnings exercised with United States Air Force F15E fighters, B1, and B52 strategic bombers.
Additionally, the RAF provided long-range refuelling support utilizing Voyager aircraft from RAF Brize Norton, while the USAF contributed KC-135s from RAF Mildenhall.
The RAF claims the exercise “demonstrates the UK’s ability to operate in a highly contested fighting environment with near-peer adversaries across a range of aircraft capabilities”.
Exercise POINT BLANK is a quarterly joint exercise run by the United States Air Force, which contributes both tactical and fighter aircraft from RAF Lakenheath and the continental US.
Air Vice Marshal Duguid, Air Officer Commanding 11 Group;
“Bomber Task Force deployments are a great opportunity for us to further increase our interoperability with our U.S. allies. These Exercises allow us to give our pilots valuable training experience with near-peer capabilities, and strengthen our relationships across the NATO alliance.”
This comes as Russia builds up forces on its western border, particularly near eastern Ukraine. Russia has also ramped up its rhetoric in recent days, saying that the US was provoking conflict in the Black Sea.
Question to Russian envoy: are you planning to invade Ukraine?
– No, unless we are provoked to do so. Also there are U.S. ships in Black Sea provoking us pic.twitter.com/dPuVUrG2Zq
— Liveuamap (@Liveuamap) November 11, 2021
Air Vice Marshal Duguid added:
“[These exercises] demonstrate our continued combined commitment to the partnership and the defence of the Euro-Atlantic Area.”
We have covered Exercise POINT BLANK in the past. From earlier this year
‘British jets ‘grapple with 50 aircraft’ over North Sea‘.