A contingent from Royal Air Force (RAF) has arrived in the United States to take part in Red Flag Multinational Exercise. The contingent comprises 300 personnel along with Eurofighter Typhoon combat jets and Voyagers tankers. The Red Flag exercise will take place at the United States Air Force’s Nellis Air Base in Nevada.
RAF has deployed the following assets to Red Flag exercises:
- Typhoons from RAF Lossiemouth based II (Army Co-operation) Squadron
- Voyagers from RAF Brize Norton based 10 and 101 Squadron.
The objective of the exercise for participants is to develop capabilities in a high-threat and contested environment against a near-peer adversary.
As per RAF Press Release, “After months of build-up and preparation by the Squadrons and Air A7, Exercise Red Flag is underway. This is the most rigorous training that the Royal Air Force participates in. Everyone deployed to Nellis will learn how to do their job under the most testing conditions, in the world’s best combat training environment; this is an enormous opportunity to prepare for the most difficult operations with our US and Australian allies.”
Umair Aslam is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Global Defense Insight. He has worked as a defense journalist reporting on military modernization programs, nuclear non-proliferation, arms control, and the South Asian Arms race.