Aircraft

RAF Typhoons team up with Turkish Air Force for training

The jets from 3 (Fighter) Squadron are currently based at Mihail Kogalniceanu air base in Romania as part of 140 Expeditionary Air Wing.

Royal Air Force Typhoon aircraft have carried out air-to-air training serials alongside the Turkish Air Force as part of a NATO bilateral training opportunity.

The aircraft from 3 (Fighter) Squadron are currently operating from Mihail Kogalniceanu air base in Romania under 140 Expeditionary Air Wing.

The Typhoons undertook 2v2 training with Turkish Air Force F-16s, as well as carrying out simulated beyond visual range missile firing drills to rehearse essential skills.

This training helps to maintain interoperability among NATO partners and comes ahead of Exercise Anatolian Eagle, a multinational exercise organised by the Turkish Air Force in which the Typhoons from 3(F) Sqn will be taking part later this month.

A 3(F) Sqn pilot, who flew as part of the training, said: "It is with great pride that we reassure our NATO partners of our commitment to both them and to the wider organisation."

Operating in a new environment within Turkish airspace, the 3(F) Sqn pilot added: "It was a wonderful opportunity to fly over the beautiful western part of the country, while continuing to ensure that our fighter pilot skills are kept at the highest level of readiness."

The Typhoons were supported by the Voyager Air-to-Air refuelling capability from RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus, refuelling on several occasions to extend their time in the air and get the most out of the training.

In May, the RAF Typhoons based in Romania on Operation BILOXI flew to North Macedonia to take part in a major NATO exercise.

During Exercise Swift Response, the Typhoons joined more than 40 other aircraft and took part in a simulated Strike Co-ordination and Reconnaissance sortie.

They also took part in Close Air Support training with two Apache helicopters from Aviation Task Force 1 of the British Army.