JB Langley-Eustis, Va.—The premier aircraft from the US, UK,
and France are training together in the skies over Virginia this month
in what officials said is the first high-level exercise
involving the three countries and the fighter jets. The trilateral
exercise kicked off in early December at JB Langley-Eustis, Va., with
F-22s, Eurofighter Typhoons, and Dassault Rafales flying several missions
daily against red air aggressors made up of USAF T-38 Talons and F-15E
Strike Eagles. The exercise is “all about integration” between the
aircraft, said Col. Larry Broadwell, commander of the 1st Operations
Group at Langley. The aircraft on Dec. 15 were flying an air dominance
scenario, with the three countries protecting a 100 square mile area
from the Talons and Strike Eagles. The exercise is a way for the pilots
to practice communicating and operating together in the aircraft, and
integrate 4th and 5th generation systems, officials said.
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