Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) witnessed Tuesday the launch of the 25-day “Aerial Warfare and Missile Defense Center 2022” drill with the participation of the Royal Saudi Air Force and forces of the UAE, Greece, Oman, France, Germany, India, the UK, the USA, and Australia.
Commander of the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) group participating in the drill Lieutenant Colonel Mohammed bin Said Al-Ahmari said: “The Air Force is participating with six Tornado aircraft (photo) with their full aerial and technical staff,” the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
He noted that the drill aims to train in air combat operations in an alliance of international forces and to take advantage of the application of the concept of joint action in a war environment similar to real war.
“The drill also aims to exchange military expertise in planning and implementation with the participating brotherly and friendly countries and raising the readiness and combat efficiency of supporting air and technical crews, as well as strengthening international relations between the participating countries,” he added.
Al-Ahmari said that the exercise went through several stages that were preceded by forming work teams and preparatory meetings.
The Royal Saudi Air Force arrived at Al-Dhafra Air Base on 28 October 2022. The group was received by the Assistant Defense Attaché at the Saudi Embassy in Abu Dhabi, Brigadier General Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Hussan.