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Typhoon Delight [Video]

06/17/2014 | by Royal Air Force
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Typhoon Delight [Video]
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From Coningsby to Konya: Royal Air Force Typhoons have flown more than 1000 miles from Lincolnshire to Turkey to take part in Exercise Anatolian Eagle (EX AE).

The XI Squadron exercise is supported by 6 multi-role combat Typhoons, a composite team of 13 pilots from XI Squadron and 3(F) Squadron and 117 ground support staffs including engineers and communications specialists.

Other nations on the exercise are the Jordanian, Omani, Qatari and Spanish Air Forces. The Combat Air exercise provides the opportunity for the RAF to train jointly with the Turkish Air Force and international partners aiming to increase interoperability in the event of contingency operations. Newly appointed Typhoon Force Commander, Air Commodore Philip Beach said:

“The Typhoon Force is very much in demand, providing Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) in the UK, the Falklands and in the Baltic region; it is on call 24/7 every day of the year. Typhoon is also a fundamental component of UK contingent operations and it is vital that we train with our NATO and international partners, in complex scenarios, in order to retain our competitive edge. This exercise provides the opportunity for us to further enhance interoperability with our allies and ensures that we maintain the highest levels of readiness for operations”.

A Defence Treaty underpins UK and Turkish military cooperation and EX AE proves the bilateral concept. Both the UK and Turkey are currently involved in common procurement projects namely A400M, ATLAS and F35, Lightning II. Commander of the Typhoon detachment in Turkey and Officer Commanding XI Squadron, Wing Commander Chris Layden said:

“The mission takes place in a large piece of segregated airspace so we can train safely. It’s a generic scenario with ‘Blue’ forces against ‘Red’ forces. Red forces are the opposition provided by Turkish Air Force dedicated aggressor squadrons and it normally takes the form of about fifty fighter aircraft. The fight lasts about thirty minutes and it’s very intense.” Chris added:

“The exercise is a great opportunity for our pilots to hone their war-fighting skills. The Typhoon force is always on standby to deliver air power world-wide in support of UK security interests and we almost never operate alone. The norm is increasingly towards coalition operations and this exercise provides a vital operation to get to know our coalition partners, their capabilities, their tactics and above all forge the personal relationships which are so important when coalition operations are called on.”

Major Bahri Kosar, F16 pilot with the Turkish Air Force flying as the aggressor squadron said:

“It’s a great opportunity to fly with pilots from different countries and I really appreciate the Royal Air Force pilots training level and professionalism. RAF Typhoon is a very nice aircraft as far as we see and has powerful engines and it’s an agile aircraft. Joint exercises are important. When you look at the past, NATO allies had to fight together lots of times. This type of training opportunity makes it better for us to interact with each other, share experiences, exchange ideas and it’s important to get to know each other to work in an efficient way.”

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