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AUS: Air Force units wrap it up for Exercise RED FLAG 15-1 in Nevada

A RAAF AP-3C Orion awaits its next mission as a United States Air Force (USAF) B-2A Spirit stealth bomber lands at Nellis Air Force Base during Exercise RED FLAG 15-1. photo Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence  

13 February 2015 by Pacific Sentinel

Three weeks of intensive air combat training wraps up today as Exercise RED FLAG 15-1 concludes at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.


A contingent of 150 Royal Australian Air Force personnel have participated with two C-130J Hercules transports and an AP-3C Orion surveillance aircraft, working alongside counterparts from the United States and United Kingdom.


The RAAF also sent an Air Battle Management team from No. 41 Wing, tasked with overseeing missions with more than 60 combat aircraft in the Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR). The 30,000-square-kilometre tract of exercise area is home to an array of ‘enemy’ radars, ground-borne defences, and Aggressor fighter aircraft.


Flying low-level along ridgelines in the NTTR, a pair C-130J Hercules from the RAAF’s No. 37 Squadron hid from prying radars to deliver personnel and cargo to drop zones.


37 SQN Commanding Officer Wing Commander Darren Goldie said the Exercise RED FLAG 15-1 training environment rated as the world’s best.


“This exercise represents the greatest test for the C-130J’s abilities since it entered RAAF service in 1999,” WGCDR Goldie said.


“During each mission, instruments on our aircraft and the monitoring equipment in the range, collect precise information about each engagement for use in debriefings.”


The face-to-face interaction between American, British and Australian personnel at Exercise RED FLAG 15-1 is invaluable to the success of future operations.


“It’s critical that we’re well prepared to participate in operations and speak the same tactical language as our partners,” WGCDR Goldie said.


This year marks the 40th anniversary of Exercise RED FLAG, with Australia having participated since November 1980. Throughout its history, Exercise RED FLAG has recreated an aircrew’s first 10 missions in a war-like environment to increase their chances of survival in combat operations.


No. 10 Squadron Commanding Officer Wing Commander Jason Begley said RAAF personnel worked alongside the world’s most advanced combat aircraft, including the B-2A stealth bomber, F-22A Raptor, and E/A-18G Growler.


“You only have to look at the flight line to see the regard in which this exercise is held, allowing us to operate at the leading edge of capabilities and tactics,” WGCDR Begley said.


“The tactics, techniques and procedures we learn here will be directly transferable to future aircraft and systems we will operate.”


The AP-3C Orion, from 10SQN at RAAF Base Edinburgh, conducted overland surveillance missions in a highly-complicated electronic warfare environment.


“Because of the extensive investment the United States has made on the NTTR, it’s a level of complexity that you can’t get anywhere else in the world,” WGCDR Begley said.


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27 janvier 2015 2 27 /01 /janvier /2015 21:20
A RAF Typhoon FGR4 aircraft taxiis out at Nellis air force base, Nevada, US. Photo RAF

A RAF Typhoon FGR4 aircraft taxiis out at Nellis air force base, Nevada, US. Photo RAF


27 January 2015 airforce-technology.com


The US and its allied air forces have started the multi-national air-to-air combat training exercise, code-named Red Flag 15-1, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, US.


Hosted north of Las Vegas on the Nevada Test and Training Range, the three-week exercise involves participation from the air, space, and cyber forces of the US and its allies, as well as more than 125 aircraft.


Apart from fighter jets, bombers, reconnaissance aircraft, air-refuelling tankers and air traffic control aircraft from 21 US Air Force and Marine Corps squadrons, Red Flag 15-1 also features aircraft from the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and the UK Royal Air Force (RAF).


With 1,900 possible targets, realistic threat systems and an opposing enemy force, the drill aims to provide participants with valuable training in planning and executing a wide-variety of combat missions.


RAF Red Flag commander group captain Mark Chappell said: "This is the culmination of months of hard work and preparation for the squadrons and for many, this will be their first taste of what real world operations will be like.


"Typhoon will be operating in a multi-role capacity and this will be the first operational test of its P1Eb upgrade.


"It's also the first time Sentinel has participated in Red Flag and in addition we have a team from 1 Air Control Centre who will provide essential tactical command and control for the whole exercise, supported by experts from the space and cyber domains."


Exercise Red Flag Australian C-130J Hercules Detachment commander wing commander Darren Goldie said: "For air mobility crews, this is one of the best exercises to train and test ourselves against the pressures witnessed on real-world operations.


"At Exercise Red Flag, we'll be flying on flying tactical air mobility missions into a hotly contested airspace.


"This demands cooperation between crew members, and cooperation with 'friendly' aircraft, to achieve the mission and get home unscathed."


Red Flag 15-1 is scheduled to conclude on 13 February.


Red Flag is held four times annually. It is a US Pacific Air Forces Command-led large force employment exercise designed to train pilots and other flight crew members from the US, Nato, and other allied countries for real air combat situations.


Divided into two teams, namely Blue Forces and Red Forces, the participants perform counter air, precision strike and offensive air support in packages of up to 100 aircraft during each exercise.

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