One of Europe’s largest air exercises took place in June after a two-year hiatus. Anatolian Eagle 2019 involved participation from Italy, Jordan, Pakistan, Qatar, the US and NATO with Azerbaijan joining the manoeuvres as an observer country. Onur Kurç and Tayfun Yaşar report from Konya.
International participation in Anatolian Eagle was suspended after the dramatic reorganisation of the Türk Hava Kuvvetleri (THK, Turkish Air Force) following a coup attempt in the country on July 15, 2016. Since then it has only been a national exercise, featuring THK squadrons. However, a multinational Anatolian Eagle was run again from June 17-28 this year, hosted as previously by the 3’ncü Ana Jet Üs Komutanlığı (3rd Main Jet Base Command) at Konya air base. More than 600 Turkish (air force and navy) plus 450 international personnel took part.