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RAF Typhoons join joint training exercise in United Arab Emirates

Royal Air Force Typhoons from the UK and the Middle East have joined the Advanced Tactical Leadership Course (ATLC) at Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates.

Pilots and support personnel from RAF Lossiemouth, alongside specialists from across the RAF, are deployed to the United Arab Emirates to take part in Advanced Tactical Leadership Course 32. This multi-national air warfare training exercise sees participation from around 45 aircraft and 500 personnel including the UAE, United States, Australian, German, Omani, French, Hellenic and Royal Air Forces.

Image shows RAF Typhoons flying in formation.

Aircraft including Typhoons, Tornados, F-16s and Mirage 2000s, will take to the skies over the UAE for the exercise, undertaking defensive counter and offensive counter air and air interdiction manoeuvres, testing the reactions of pilots in a variety of situations.

Welcoming personnel to the course, Brigadier Staff Pilot Khalid Al Marzouqi, the UAE Air Warfare Centre Commander urged all participants to make the most of the course.

This is the culmination of learning and looking ahead to real world coalition flying. Take advantage of working with your course mates and Allies, you have a great opportunity right now make friends and this is a great strength to know people from the other nations.

Brigadier Staff Pilot Khalid Al Marzouqi
UAE Air Warfare Centre Commander

He thanked all the staff of the Air Warfare Centre, countries and participants who contributed to planning the course.

I would love to see everybody at the end of the course graduated, fly stronger and smarter; In sha'Allah.

Brigadier Staff Pilot Khalid Al Marzouqi
UAE Air Warfare Centre Commander

Image shows RAF aviator guiding Typhoons on the airfield

It is great to be back conducting Advanced Tactical Leadership Course and working and flying alongside our international partners in what will be a fantastic training opportunity. The welcome we have received at Al Dhafra has been second to none and the facilities here will allow us to really make the most of this opportunity. This will be a busy deployment, operating in a high tempo, hot environment but working as a team, the whole detachment will learn a great deal from the Exercise and their time in-country.

Wing Commander Cockcroft
Officer Commanding 1(F) Squadron

Image shows RAF Typhoon taxxing on the airfield

Advanced Tactical Leadership Course is a recurring exercise designed to increase the tactical proficiency of UAE and partner nation forces. The exercise develops participant nations in conducting multilateral exercises while increasing their collective proficiency in joint mission planning and tactical integration. Participating nations will also develop their interoperability and collective readiness, vital to deter potential adversaries.

Advanced Tactical Leadership Course develops the skills of participants from eight nations in planning and conducting combined air operations. Advanced Tactical Leadership Course is one of the world’s premier training exercises and will see RAF personnel plan and fly missions involving over 40 aircraft within a realistic and challenging scenario. The RAF’s participation will be key in delivering coordinated, integrated, and effective training alongside our international allies and partners.

Wing Commander Bradshaw
UK Senior National Representative to the UAE

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