Aggressor aircraft launched a simulated air attack against HMS Queen Elizabeth and her Carrier Strike Group in the Scottish islands, the purpose of this training is for the vessels to practice defending against air attack.
Hawk jets and other aircraft, some operated by Draken International, have been simulating air attacks against the Carrier Strike Group.
The Carrier Strike Group appears to be coming under a simulated air attack with FA20s and Hawks being present. pic.twitter.com/0RKeAVcSRA
— George Allison (@geoallison) May 11, 2021
Typically, Hawk jets support Dassault Falcon 20DC aircraft acting as long-range anti-ship bombers. The Falcons are flown by Draken International.
HMS Queen Elizabeth and her Carrier Strike Group are currently exercising alongside allied nations in and around the Scottish islands as part of the massive Strike Warrior exercise.
The Royal Navy say that Exercise Strike Warrior will involve more than 20 warships, three submarines and 150 aircraft from 11 nations and is a final test for the Carrier Strike Group ahead of its first operational deployment to the Mediterranean, Indian Ocean and Asia Pacific.
“The exercise, which will run for two weeks, will see the task group pitted against warships from NATO’s Standing Maritime Group 1 in waters off north-west Scotland to prove it is capable of undertaking high intensity operations against the most demanding adversaries. The culmination of Strike Warrior will see the Carrier Strike Group certified ready for deployment, at which point operational command will pass from the Royal Navy’s Fleet Commander, Vice Admiral Jerry Kyd, to the Chief of Joint Operations, Vice Admiral Sir Ben Key.”