Air Force defends Aussie honour at Exercise Red Flag

AUSSIE Air Force pilots have joined their UK and US colleagues in the ultimate battle for sky-high supremacy.

The Royal Australian Air Force is taking part in Exercise Red Flag in the US from today.

About 150 RAAF staff, two C-130J Hercules, an AP-3C Orion and an Air Battle Management contingent from 41 Wing will join American and British military members and aircraft in the exercise.

Air Commander Australia Air Vice-Marshal Gavin Turnbull said it was one of the world's most advanced airborne training exercises.

"There are few training environments in the world that re-create the dangers of a modern battle-space like Exercise Red Flag," Air Vice-Marshal Turnbull said.

"Daytime and night-time missions at Red Flag will require large numbers of aircraft to work together across a variety of roles to defeat threats.

"The dangers they face range from aggressor F-15 and F-16 fighters and simulated missile shots through to electronic warfare and cyberspace attacks."

Air Vice-Marshal Turnbull said the exercise helped RAAF members maintain their skills and strengthened relationships with Australia's allies.

Exercise Red Flag ends on February 13.


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