British Typhoon jets based in Romania have carried out simulated Close Air Support sorties for a large-scale NATO exercise at the Smardan Training Area in Southern Romania.
In a news release, the RAF say that the week-long multinational NATO exercise, called Exercise Scorpion Legacy, involved 1,800 troops from Romania, Bulgaria, Italy, Poland, Portugal, and the United States.
“The exercise also involved 250 armoured vehicles and Romanian Air Force IAR-330 Puma helicopters, in addition to the RAF Typhoons. The exercise culminated with the Typhoons from 3(Fighter) Squadron, a part of 140 Expeditionary Air Wing, initiating a live fire demonstration phase of the exercise. The Typhoons provided a simulated Close Air Support attack in aid of the final deliberate attack manoeuvre by the ground forces against a simulated enemy.”
The RAF also add that the exercise provided the opportunity for the RAF to work alongside the NATO Multinational Brigade Southeast Headquarters to carry out this interoperability training, while the Brigade Headquarters was also rehearsing the command of deployed forces in NATO’s south-eastern region.
Squadron Leader Griffin, 140 Expeditionary Air Wing Operations Lead, was quoted as saying:
“It’s crucial that we train alongside out NATO partners to build interoperability and ensure that we continue to show our commitment to the Alliance.”