The Red Arrows have started final preparations for an 8-country tour of the Middle East.
The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team is known across the world for spectacular displays of precision formation flying. Exercise Eastern Hawk will see them visit Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Pakistan and Bahrain to demonstrate these skills.
Demand for the team at home is always high but making time for an overseas tour, to share the excitement, demonstrate the professionalism, and celebrate the enduring connection with the UK’s friends and allies is just as important.
The Red Arrows are key ambassadors in demonstrating the ‘best of British’ say the MoD.
Wing Commander Andrew Keith, Officer Commanding of the Red Arrows said:
“The Red Arrows are very much looking forward to deploying on this visit. This follows on from a very successful deployment in 2016 to the Asia-Pacific region and will continue to focus on Government objectives to promote the United Kingdom, through the GREAT campaign, as a global brand.
It also provides opportunities for Defence Engagement and to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) through events with students and educational institutes.”
Arriving on time and in good order is as vital for this tour as it is for every UK military operation. This year the team will benefit from the support of the RAF’s newest strategic air-lifter, the Atlas A400-M to move equipment and personnel around the region.