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RAF details Typhoon deployment to the United States

Published: Wed January 23rd, 2013 via: Royal Air Force (UK)

Royal Air Force Typhoon aircraft have departed the UK for a two-month deployment to the United States

Whilst in the US , RAF aircraft and personnel will participate in two exercises designed to further enhance the potent capabilities and tactics of the Typhoon.

Following their departure from RAF Coningsby the Typhoons of XI(F) Squadron rendezvoused with air-air refuellingaircraft from RAF Brize Norton for the first leg to the Azores . On each of the three legs of the transatlantic flight the Typhoons will be refuelled in mid-air on two occasions, each aircraft receiving two tonnes of fuel in each refuelling bracket.

Once in the US the RAF will train with the United States Air Force on Exercise Western Zephyr, a two-week exercise designed to integrate the operations of Typhoon with the F22 Raptor air-superiority fighter.

Speaking ahead of the deployment Squadron Leader Andy Chisholm, XI(F) Squadron’s Executive Officer said: “The Raptor is a fifth generation low observable aircraft and we need to operate with them to enhance our joint capability.

"It’s a mutually beneficial relationship. You have to practice and practice makes perfect.”

Following the conclusion of the exercise the RAF aircraft will fly to Nellis AFB for Exercise Red Flag 13-3. The three-week long tactical training exercise is the largest in more than 30 years and will focus on combined air operations with aircraft and personnel drawn from across the US armed forces and the Royal Australian Air Force.

“This has been over six months in the planning and is the first time the RAF has deployed Typhoon to such a prestigious exercise” said Sqn Ldr Chisholm.

The RAF Typhoon Force remains on alert all day, every day, to defend the airspace of the United Kingdom and the Falkland Islands . Participation in complex exercises such as these is considered an important part of the ongoing growth of the Force and its preparedness to meet both standing and contingent commitments.

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