RAF Typhoon aircraft from 3 (Fighter) Squadron recently carried out air to air training serials alongside the Turkish Air Force as part of a NATO bilateral training opportunity.
The Typhoons, currently operating from Mihail Kogalniceanu air base in Romania under 140 Expeditionary Air Wing, undertook 2v2 training with Turkish Air Force F-16s, as well as carrying out simulated beyond visual range missile firing drills to rehearse essential skills.
This training is important in maintaining interoperability amongst NATO partners and comes ahead of Exercise Anatolian Eagle, a multinational exercise organised by the Turkish Air Force in which the Typhoons from 3(F) Squadron will be taking later this month.
"It is with great pride that we reassure our NATO partners of our commitment to both them and to the wider organisation.
It was a wonderful opportunity to fly over the beautiful western part of the country, whilst continuing to ensure that our fighter pilot skills are kept at the highest level of readiness.
3(F) Squadron Pilot
The Typhoons were supported by the Voyager Air to Air refuelling capability from RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus, refuelling on several occasions to extend their time in the air and get the most out of the training.
140 Expeditionary Air Wing will seize more training opportunities with NATO partners over the coming months whilst continuing its commitment to NATO’s enhanced Air Policing of the Black Sea region until July 2022.