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RAF Typhoons Take Part In Major German Exercise

The North Sea exercise involved 40 aircraft from five nations.

RAF Typhoon fighters this week took part in a major German air force exercise, training with a number of key NATO allies

The XI (Fighter) Sqn Typhoons fighters from RAF Coningsby and an RAF Voyager from RAF Brize Norton joined German Typhoons and Tornados on Exercise MAGday.

Drills took place off the German North Sea coast before further training over Northern Germany. The exercise included training for a number of different scenarios, testing communication systems and showcasing air-to-air refuel capability.

An XI pilot talked about the vital skills being developed through taking part.

“Participation in Ex MAGday has required detailed tactical planning and coordination with our European and US counterparts.  The execution provided an excellent opportunity to reinforce and hone our interoperability skills with key NATO Allies to undertake multi-role missions,” he said.

“Exercises like this give us the experience of working together as a team, which is the key to being able to conduct air operations as part of an alliance, such as NATO successfully.”

The German Air Force is the lead air force developing the NATO Multinational Air Group or MAG concept and conducts several MAGDay exercises a year. As part of the MAG concept NATO partner nations are also invited to take part in the exercises.  The goal is to build up an initial operational capability by 2023 and to reach full operational capability in 2026.

Cover image: RAF Typhoons during the exercise (Picture: RAF).