Squadron Leader Bruce McConnell, a No. 2 (AC) Squadron pilot, has been in Oman for two weeks preparing for the aircraft’s arrival, he said: "Everyone is looking forward to working alongside the Omani pilots and seeing what their aircraft can do."
Group Captain Radnall, Commanding Officer of 140 EAW, has overall command of the RAF contingent at Thumrait, from the Armoured Vehicles used by 1 Sqn RAF Regt, to the E-3D Sentry aircraft flown by 8 Squadron. He said: "We have had personnel on the ground for a while now, setting up the life-support in advance of the Force Elements arrival.
"With the Typhoons now here, there is a real buzz about the place.
"This exercise has been a huge challenge logistically, but with so many elements working together in such close proximity, there is a real opportunity to learn individually and collectively."