F/A-18 Hornets from No 3 Squadron join in formation with Japan Air Self Defence Force F-15s and a Boeing 767 air-to-air refueller during Exercise Red Flag Alaska 11-2.
Seven F/A-18 Hornets from RAAF Williamtowns No 3 Squadron in NSW are participating in world-class air combat training in the skies above Alaska from 11 until 22 July. The fighter jets will operate from Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, to participate in the most advanced international air combat training activity, Exercise Red Flag.
Red Flag is a United States Pacific Air Forces Command led large force employment exercise designed to replicate a high-end combat environment. This is one of the largest exercises Australia will participate in this year. Regular participation in the Red Flag exercise series is a major contributor to Australias high standard of air combat capability.
The coalition exercise will involve participants from Australia, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and the United States.
Red Flag Alaska is a large-forces exercise conducted in interior Alaska to simulate air combat. Australia last participated in Red Flag Alaska in 2008 and has participated in the exercise series since 1980.
April 2018Well trained, and operating some of the most sophisticated systems available, the Republic of Singapore Air Force is an extremely capable air arm. The April issue features coverage from both the recent Singapore Airshow at Changi and an assessment of the RSAF’s Air Combat Command as it marks its first decade and reveals an air force punching well above its weight.<br><br>Cutting-edge fighter content this month also includes the first of a two-part feature on No 29 Squadron at RAF Coningsby to find out how the Royal Air Force trains new Eurofighter Typhoon pilots. There’s also coverage of the Swedish Air Force’s Gripen Operational Test and Evaluation Unit, where a small but important community is responsible for trials of all Gripen-related hardware and software destined for the front line, while a trip to Tucson, Arizona, brings the latest developments from the Royal Netherlands Air Force F-16 pilot training effort.<br><br>Other features examine the Turkish armed forces’ Operation Olive Branch campaign in northern Syria, rough-field airfield operations by Royal Danish Air Force C-130Js, a review of the status of Mexico’s intelligence-gathering fleet, and a look at the progress of the Airbus Helicopters Tigre attack helicopter in Spanish Army service.<br><br>Alongside all the world’s military aviation news and attrition, regular features this month include Flashpoint, looking at Niger’s desert air force; book reviews; a Force Report featuring Chilean Naval Aviation; and the fourth part of our European maritime patrol aircraft survey – the focus turning to Poland, Portugal and Spain. Finally, regular columnist Air Marshal (Ret’d) Greg Bagwell CB, CBE examines the key role played by aerial refuelling in today’s coalition-focused environment.
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