The US Air Force 492nd Fighter Squadron sent several F-15E Strike Eagles to support Royal Air Force exercise Typhoon Warrior last week.
The squadron’s participation, say the United States Air Force, provided a valuable training experience for RAF personnel, allowing them to study best practices integrating with US platforms.
“As long-standing allies on operations, it is critical for the RAF to understand how best to work together with US assets,” said RAF Squadron Leader James Fordham, 29 Squadron.
“Working with the 492nd Fighter Squadron is a fantastic opportunity for the Typhoon Qualified Weapons Instructor Course and wider Typhoon force.”
The Typhoon QWIC served as the cornerstone of the training, with a focus on defensive and offensive counter-air operations, dynamic targeting, air interdiction, close air support and joint personnel recovery. Exercise staff at RAF Coningsby coordinate annual fighter, tanker and various support participation from RAF Lakenheath, Mildenhall, Cobham, Spadeadam and Scampton, to provide Typhoon FGR4 aircrews with the best training available.
“With the Typhoon Force expanding, integrating new weapons and developing new capabilities, QWIs have to be at the top of their game; working with our US allies is one of the ways we reach, and maintain that standard,” Fordham said.
For the 48th Fighter Wing, Typhoon Warrior allowed F-15E aircrews an opportunity to leverage their skill and knowledge with RAF aviators, while sharpening air interoperability tactics for potential contingencies.
“It is a huge honor to participate in the Typhoon Warrior,” said U.S. Air Force Maj. Eric Joachim, 48th Operations Support Squadron chief of wing weapons.
“As threats to the security of our two nations continue to morph, it is vitally important that we advance our techniques, tactics and procedures to counter them.”