A British Typhoon fighter has landed on a road in Finland as part of an exercise.
The demonstration was part of efforts to develop RAF plans to be able to deploy the jets from dispersed locations.
Yesterday during 🇫🇮 led exercise Baana, a @RoyalAirForce 🇬🇧 Typhoon landed for the first time on a Finnish 🇫🇮 road base in Tervo
— NATO Air Command (@NATO_AIRCOM) September 21, 2023
The RAF’s overarching goal with such exercises aligns with the strategy of Agile Combat Employment (ACE). ACE necessitates that RAF personnel and assets remain flexible and agile.
First ever RAF Typhoon operating from a Finnish road strip. Thanks to Karelia Air Command for sharing your expertise. RAF Agile Combat Employment in action. #JEF #ilmavoimat @RoyalAirForce pic.twitter.com/RRgPJIrR9i
— UK Defence Attaché in Finland (@UKDefenceFin) September 20, 2023
As the RAF said previously, this strategy requires “operating in austere locations with minimal support, constantly moving and changing location to maintain the initiative, and outpace any action from an adversary whether in the UK or overseas alongside our NATO and Joint Expeditionary Force partners.”
Näin sujuu läpilasku 🇬🇧 Eurofighter-pilotilta #Baana23-harjoituksessa Tervossa.
Touch-and-go landing by @RoyalAirForce #Eurofighter in 🇫🇮 on Tervo road base during Baana 23 exercise. #ilmavoimat #raf pic.twitter.com/DdF6RNFdUj
— Ilmavoimat (@FinnishAirForce) September 20, 2023
Recently, as part of these efforts, Royal Air Force Typhoons were involved in an unexpected relocation exercise to bolster the resilience of UK’s air defence.
As part of Exercise Agile Pirate, four Typhoons from XI(F) Squadron at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire received sudden orders to transfer to MOD Boscombe Down in Wiltshire.
Wing Commander Paul Hanson, Detachment Commander, reflected on the nature of the exercise: “Moving at pace presents its own challenges and we have pushed some assumptions to move even faster. Agile Combat Employment will change our current mindset and way of operating, and I think in many ways it will bring the very best out in our people; ready to deploy at shorter notice, taking part in more novel activity, and operating without the usual support structures of a main operating base.”
In readiness, the Typhoons were stationed in secure aircraft shelters. Upon receiving a scramble call from Tactical Air Command and Control (Tac Air C2), they were airborne within minutes.