The international NATO Tiger Meet 2018 will be hosted by the Polish Air Force 2nd Tactical Air Wing at Krzesiny Air Base near Poznan, Poland this month.
Twenty-two flying squadrons from Allies Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom and Partners Austria and Switzerland as well as a NATO Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) plane – in total approx. 70 aircraft and ten helicopters – are scheduled to participate in this largest air training event of the Polish Air Force in 2018.
Since the 1960s, the training of “Tiger Squadrons”, i.e. aircraft and helicopter squadrons featuring a tiger in their patch is organised annually by the NATO Tiger Association in liaison with one of its member squadrons. The training applies NATO standards bringing together Allied and Partner aircraft for two weeks of live-flying in highly sophisticated, challenging scenarios. The multinational and joint training environment further increases flying skills, friendship and Partner relations among squadrons.
According to NATO:
“The NATO Tiger Meet is one of the most important air meets at the tactical level for NATO and Partner air forces. The varied mix of aircraft and nations allows participants to improve their tactics, techniques and procedures and takes interoperability to the next level.”
Photo by Alan Wilson from Stilton, Peterborough, Cambs, UK (Eurofighter Typhoon ’30+09′) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.