EXCLUSIVE: RAF's new AOC No 1 Group talks Combat Air and ISTAR forces

Air Vice Marshal Ian Duguid moved sideways from his role as the head of the RAF’s 11 Group, tasked with multi-domain integration, to the 1 Group, running the combat air force fleet and surveillance aircraft. Alan Warnes recently caught up him with him to find out more.

It’s not very often that a senior RAF officer moves from running one command to another. But that’s just what AVM Ian Duguid did last November, when he left as Air Officer Commanding (AOC) 11 Group for 1 Group. A sideways move but, arguably, one to a higher-profile role.

Exercise Atlantic Trident 2021 [USAF/Staff Sgt Alexander Cook]
As AOC 11 Group, AVM Duguid was tasked with supervising the RAF side of Exercise Atlantic Trident last May. The manoeuvres tested integration of 4.5- and fifth-generation fighters, including the F-35A Lightning II, Typhoon and Rafale. USAF/Staff Sgt Alexander Cook

As the head of 1 Group, AVM Duguid, in simple terms, is responsible for the RAF’s relatively new Combat Air Force – which oversees the Typhoon and F-35 fighter forces; the ISTAR (intelligence surveillance targeting and reconnaissance) Force at RAF Lossiemouth (with P-8A Poseidons) and RAF Waddington (Beech 350 Shadow R1/R2, RC-135W Rivet Joint and MQ-9A Reaper remotely piloted, medium-altitude, long-endurance aircraft).

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