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UK: Royal Air Force's Typhoons jets join Israeli Exercise Blue Flag 21


According to information published by the Royal Air Force on October 21, 2021, an RAF detachment of Typhoon jets has joined units from several countries for a complex multi-national flying exercise designed to test aircrew skills to their limits.

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Royal Air Forces Typhoons jets join Israeli Exercise Blue Flag 21 The Typhoons from 1 (Fighter) Squadron, flew to the Middle East from their base at RAF Lossiemouth. (Picture source: Royal Air Force)


The Typhoons from 1 (Fighter) Squadron, RAF Lossiemouth, supported by personnel from across the Air Force, are training with aircraft from the US, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, India and Israel in Exercise Blue Flag 21.

Exercise Blue Flag is one of a series of international flying exercises for the RAF in recent months, pitching a variety of jets into scenarios where they will fly against and with each other to develop interoperability of both aircrew, aircraft and other systems.

The scenarios will see 1 Squadron Typhoons working with Luftwaffe Eurofighters, French Rafales, Indian Mirages, Greek F16s, Italian F35s, US F16s and Israeli F35s and F16s.

The exercise, held at Ovda Airbase near Eilat, Israel, is the largest yet of a series of bi-annual exercises hosted by the Israeli Air Force.

The Eurofighter Typhoon is a European twin-engine, canard delta wing, multirole fighter. The Typhoon was designed originally as an air superiority fighter and is manufactured by a consortium of Airbus, BAE Systems and Leonardo that conducts the majority of the project through a joint holding company, Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH.

The NATO Eurofighter and Tornado Management Agency, representing the UK, Germany, Italy and Spain manages the project and is the prime customer.