First-ever Ramstein 1v1 fighter exercise

Fourth and fifth-generation fighter aircraft from nine NATO countries recently participated in a basic fighter manoeuvres (BFM) exercise at Ramstein Air Base in Germany.

The Ramstein 1v1 exercise on June 6, 2024 saw fighter pilots from nine Allied countries undertake one-versus-one (1-v-1) BFM scenarios.

Thirty-seven fighters were involved comprising F-35A Lightning IIs, F-16 Fighting Falcons, Eurofighter Typhoons, Dassault Rafales and F/A-18 Hornets.

The US Air Force, Royal Air Force, Royal Norwegian Air Force, Royal Netherlands Air Force, Belgian Air Component, Royal Danish Air Force, Finnish Air Force, French Air and Space Force and the German Air Force participated. Top Aces Douglas A-4 Skyhawks were also involved.

In a June 4, 2024 NATO Allied Air Command statement, Lt Col Michael Loringer – US Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa (USAFE-AFA) chief of weapons and tactics, and the main Ramstein 1v1 planner – described the exercise as “a valuable opportunity to enhance interoperability”.

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