Exercise

Mass formation of UK helicopters deploy for Steadfast Defender

A force of 16 helicopters from the 4 Regiment Army Air Corps Battle Group (4 AAC BG) departed Wattisham Flying Station, Suffolk, for mainland Europe to take part in Exercise Steadfast Defender 24.

Tiger Meet participants announced

This year’s NATO Tiger Meet will be hosted by Taktisches Luftwaffengeschwader 51 at Schleswig Air Base in northern Germany from June 3 to June 13.

Florida ANG F-15C/Ds take part in combined exercise in Colombia

Several F-15C/D Eagles from the 159th Fighter Squadron ‘Boxin’ Gators’ – a component of the Florida ANG’s 125th Fighter Wing – deployed to Palanquero, Colombia, on August 18 to participate in the combined exercise, Àngel de los Andes and Relámpago VIII

RAF Chinooks take part in Vortex Warrior at El Centro

Chinook HC5/HC6s and air/ground crews from the RAF’s No 27 Squadron at RAF Odiham, Hampshire, recently deployed to Naval Air Facility El Centro in California in August to conduct specialist desert flying training in Exercise Vortex Warrior

Germany deploys EF-2000s to Iceland for Rapid Viking 2023

The German Air Force has deployed six Eurofighter EF-2000s and 30 personnel from Taktisches Luftwaffengeschwader 73 (TaktLwG 73; Tactical Air Force Wing 73) ‘Steinhoff’ to Iceland as part of Exercise Rapid Viking 2023

Japanese F-15J marks 100 years of the Italian Air Force

As part of preparations being made for welcoming a detachment of Italian F-35A Lightning IIs to Komatsu Air Base in Ishikawa, the Japan Air Self-Defense Force painted one of its F-15J Eagles in special markings to commemorate the centenary of the Italian Air Force

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‘KC Hawgs’ in Greece: USAF A-10Cs return for Defender Europe 23

Ten A-10C Thunderbolt IIs assigned to the 303rd Fighter Squadron ‘KC Hawgs’ visited Europe in May this year to take part in the US Army’s Exercise Defender Europe 23. George Karavantos reports on the role they played in the exercise and examines how this elderly stalwart of the American forces still lives to fight another day

Kadena aces dispersed ops during Northern Edge 23-2

Exercise Northern Edge 23-2, which was held from July 2-21, gave US forces an opportunity to practise and rehearse Agile Combat Employment capabilities from dispersed locations, and to integrate with the Japan Self-Defense Forces, French Air and Space Force and other allies and partner nations

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Iran shows off airpower in ‘Devotees of Velayat’s Territory’ exercise

After a two-year break, the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) held its latest ‘Devotees of Velayat’s Territory’ exercise in Isfahan at the end of July

Czech Hinds complete final live-fire exercise at Boletice

The Czech Air Force’s Mil Mi-24V Hind-E gunship fleet has carried out its final live-fire exercise at the Boletice Military Training Area in the nation’s Český Krumlov district, during which two examples of the attack helicopter fired 640 machine gun and 800 cannon rounds, along with 239 S-8 rockets