German, Italian, American and Israeli aircraft have joined forces at the UK’s RAF Waddington to participate in Exercise Cobra Warrior.
Exercise Cobra Warrior is a 20-day high-intensity tactical drill involving aircraft from these nations, and was formerly named Exercise CQWI - Combined Qualified Weapons Instructor – and is the RAF’s largest collective-training exercise.
Around 50 aircraft of various types will be participating in the exercise, and it's the first time the Israeli Air Force has flown jets in UK airspace. Defence cooperation between Israel and Britain has been increasing over recent years, with Israel being the third-largest arms provider for Britain.
The exercise will take place from the 1-20 September and will be controlled by directing staff at RAF Waddington, Defense Aerospace website reported.
The Exercise Director, Group Captain Robert Barrett said: “The RAF welcomes the participation of our Air Force colleagues from other nations and we welcome the opportunity to train alongside all of the participating nations’ forces on this challenging exercise,” Defense Aerospace website reported.
The exercise develops the tactical leadership skills of aircrew and supporting elements within a complex air environment. Personnel develop, plan and practice tactics, techniques and procedures during scenarios, a report from Forces Network revealed.