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Typhoons Train With Hungarian Gripen Jets For The First Time

The aim is to increase cooperation in the air and enhance understanding of the two air forces’ capabilities.

RAF Typhoons and Hungarian Gripen jets have trained together for the first time.

The two air forces are working together as the UK and Hungary want to strengthen their defence relationship.

The aim is to increase cooperation in the air and enhance understanding of the two air forces’ capabilities.

Squadron Leader Ellis Williams said: “We’ve just done a mission with two Typhoons and one Gripen doing air combat in the visual arena.

"So really great to see another aircraft - a high-performance fourth-gen - and it’s great for us to train with something different.”

Captain Jozsef Papp and Squadron Leader Ellis Williams discuss the training

The RAF Typhoons involved in the training are normally based in Lossiemouth but are currently deployed to Romania conducting Enhanced Air Policing as a part of NATO’s Assurance Measures introduced in 2014.

The Typhoon and Gripen training took place at a Hungarian air base.

Captain Jozsef Papp, of the Hungarian Air Force, said: “It’s really good to see a different aircraft – what they guys are doing in the air, what’s the cooperation and it’s giving us a really good experience.”

Sqn Ldr Williams added: “We train to the same standards, we work to the same rules and tactics so to operate with a different nation – it’s quite comforting that we’re doing the same thing.

“It’s exciting – it’s a different aeroplane, a different group of people but ultimately we’re all growing, we’re all maturing as pilots so exchanging ideas, exchanging tactics is really great.”