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A Typhoon fighter jet arrives for Exercise Red Flag (Picture: RAF).
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RAF jets arrive in Nevada for major exercise alongside US and Australia

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A Typhoon fighter jet arrives for Exercise Red Flag (Picture: RAF).

A large Royal Air Force detachment of more than 300 personnel has arrived in the US to take part in a major training exercise.

Typhoon and Voyager crews and pilots from RAF Lossiemouth and RAF Brize Norton have deployed to Nevada, together with ground support personnel from across the Air Force.

Exercise Red Flag 2023 will see RAF jets join forces with combat aircraft from the United States Air Force, US Navy, US Marine Corps and the Royal Australian Air Force.

All personnel taking part in the exercise will face simulated ground-based air defence systems, aggressor aircraft that will simulate a peer adversary, and cyber and space-based threats, all whilst simulated combat missions are being planned conducted and debriefed.

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This year's exercise will be based at the United States Air Force’s Nellis Air Base in Nevada (Picture: RAF).

Group Captain Roger Elliott, the RAF Detachment Commander for the exercise, said it has taken months for the teams to be prepared for this demanding exercise.

The RAF Detachment Commander added: "This is the most rigorous training that the Royal Air Force participates in. Everyone deployed to Nellis will learn how to do their job under the most testing conditions, in the world's best combat training environment; this is an enormous opportunity to prepare for the most difficult operations with our US and Australian allies."

Exercise Red Flag has been a regular fixture on the RAF Exercise programme since the late 1970s and this exercise will be based at the United States Air Force's Nellis Air Base.

The objective of the exercise for participants is to develop capabilities in a high-threat and contested environment against a near peer adversary, the RAF said.

The exercise will run until mid-February. 

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The exercise is due to end mid-February 2023 (Picture: RAF).