29 Sep 22. Japan and German air forces conduct first bilateral exercise. The exercise saw participation of JASDF’s F-2 fighter aircraft and German Eurofighters. The Japan Air Self Defence Force (JASDF) has conducted the first bilateral training exercise with the German Air Force.
According to a report by Nikkei Asia, the exercise was conducted as part of Germany’s efforts to increase its contribution to maintaining security in the Indo-Pacific region.
The exercise also aimed to enhance the partnership between Japan and Nato.
In a tweet, JASDF said that the German Air Force’s chief lieutenant general Ingo Gerhartz flew a Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft and landed at Hyakuri Air Base (AB) in the north-east of Tokyo on 28 September, after an eight-hour-long sortie from Singapore.
It marked the first time a German Eurofighter visited Japan, the JASDF’s tweet claimed.
Nikkei’s report quoted Gerhartz saying: “The exercise proved that we could move through the area speedily. We will continue to be involved in this region.”
The bilateral event also saw the participation of JASDF’s three F-2 fighter jets along with JASDF chief of staff general Shunji Izutsu.
JASDF tweeted: “On 09/28 #JASDF carried out joint training with the German @Team_Luftwaffe. It was the first bilateral exercise in Japan between the #JASDF and the German Lw, which is of great importance from the point of view of maintaining and strengthening the #FOIP.” (Source: airforce-technology.com)
28 Sep 22. RNZAF conducts advanced training with USAF counterparts. The training aims to enhance the RNZAF’s efficiency to perform tactical missions in harsh environments. Personnel from the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s (RNZAF) No. 40 Squadron have undertaken advanced tactics training together with the US Air Force (USAF) counterparts. The month-long training will conclude on 30 September. It is being carried out in and around St Joseph, Missouri; and Sierra Vista, Arizona, US.
The training aims to develop and enhance the RNZAF participants’ efficiency to perform combat operations in austere scenarios.
As part of the effort, the RNZAF’s crew members and a C-130 Hercules tactical cargo aircraft have been attending the training course at the Advanced Airlift Tactical Training Centre (AATTC).
RNAF Detachment commander flight lieutenant Adam Palmer said: “AATTC is an advanced tactics training course, which allows our crews to practice advanced tactical flying in a simulated hostile environment.
“This includes low-level flying, airdrop, and threat reaction.”
The latest activity also allowed the RNZAF’s personnel to consolidate and standardise their tactics and techniques with the USAF’s Air Mobility Command (AMC) and US Air National Guard (ANG).
According to the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF), the training and exercises of this sort allow the country’s forces to prepare for emergency missions by honing their response capabilities.
Practising with allied and partner nations further improves interoperability and provides an opportunity to combine capabilities for conducting complex and realistic missions.
Additionally, conducting joint training prepares the deployed NZDF personnel to undertake operations in any location across the globe.
Palmer added: “This training is really significant as it provides an opportunity to operate with the USAF in a deployed environment.
“It also provides an opportunity to learn from, and build relationships with, USAF Air Mobility Command and Air National Guard crews.” (Source: airforce-technology.com)
27 Sep 22. US and South Korea begin joint maritime exercise in East Sea. The exercise will be defensive in nature and aims to strengthen the bilateral alliance between the two nations. The US and South Korean (ROK) naval forces have begun a joint maritime counter-special operations exercise (MCSOFEX) in the East Sea.
The launch of this exercise comes a day after North Korea (DPRK) launched a short-range ballistic missile on the east coast of the Korean Peninsula region.
The DPRK’s move was reportedly in response to US Vice-President Kamala Harris’ upcoming scheduled visit to South Korea and Japan.
Being held for the first time in five years, MCSOFEX aims to bolster maritime interoperability, techniques and tactics between the US and ROK.
The five-day long joint exercise is due to run until 29 September.
The exercise will be conducted by the US Navy’s Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group (CSG), which arrived in Busan last week.
Its primary focus is to strengthen the two nations’ bilateral alliance and enhance regional security by undertaking several maritime manoeuvres.
According to the US Indo-Pacific Command, the latest drills will be defensive in nature and are being held as part of the CSG’s routine operations. (Source: naval-technology.com)
27 Sep 22. Inspire Supports the Latest Iteration of RAF’s Capstone Training event, Exercise COBRA WARRIOR. Collective training experts from 92 Squadron (Sqn) Inzpire White Force, supported by Inzpire’s Space Dvision, have recently delivered Exercise (Ex) COBRA WARRIOR 22-2.
Ex COBRA WARRIOR 22-2 is the RAF’s capstone event and marks the culmination of the Qualified Weapons Instructor courses.
The annual exercise, run by Royal Air Force and Inzpire personnel embedded within 92 Sqn at RAF Waddington, focuses on integrating weapons instructor courses and front-line units and exercising them in their warfighting roles alongside key allies.
The exercise develops tactical interoperability amongst international partners, allowing them to focus combined effects against a peer adversary and develop both air-land and air-maritime integration.
Inzpire’s subject matter experts have been vital to the planning, design and execution of Exercise COBRA WARRIOR for many years. The company’s white force team has several decades’ experience in intelligence, command and control, combat air power and aggressor threat replication all of which are critical skills for the delivery of such an exercise.
Owing to the operational focus of 92 Sqn with invasion of Ukraine, the Inzpire team embedded within the Sqn has been at the heart of the latest iteration Ex COBRA WARRIOR, and has delivered the largest exercise in UK airspace in over two years.
Experts from across Inzpire spent six months preparing for the exercise: liaising with all of the participants to ensure that their training needs would be met; working on all aspects of the exercise from simple organisational tasks through to high-end scenario construction; and liaising with civilian landowners in order to position surface-to-air missile systems on private land.
Inzpire personnel produced all of the mission products including ultra-realistic target packs and representative strategic direction from the Joint Force Commander and assisted in resolving the highly complex IT infrastructure needed to plan, execute and debrief across multiple locations.
In addition, Inzpire’s highly experienced ex-military space instructors provided subject matter and training expertise to the UK Space Command’s Qualified Space Instructor Course during the exercise by planning, integrating and executing space operations.
This version of the exercise saw the introduction of a Combat Intelligence Cell for the first time. Over 400 intelligence documents were produced to create an immersive and realistic scenario, enabling intelligence staff to rehearse filtering important information and providing it to other participants.
Exercise COBRA WARRIOR 22-2 was a truly international affair, with participants flying into the UK from all over the world to take part. The Italian Air Force sent its weapons instructor course with six EF2000s, a 767 tanker and a G550 CAEW Command and Control aircraft. The German Air Force – Luftwaffe – sent six ECR Tornados to conduct suppression of enemy air defence missions.
The United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) sent three HH-60G Pavehawk helicopters to practise joint personnel recovery and helicopter integration, as well as eight F-16CMs from Aviano. Two B-52s from continental America participated and practised force integration and dynamic targeting. On top of this impressive array of combat air power, USAFE also participated with F-15Es and for the first time the F-35A – a highly potent fifth-generation fighter from the 495th Fighter Squadron which has only recently arrived in the UK.
Adding to this powerful mix were NATO E-3As and Typhoons, F-35Bs, Chinooks, Wildcats, Merlins, Apaches, Voyagers, A-400Ms, US MC-130s and from military airfields across Britain.
In all, around 80 aircraft participated in a number of challenging missions covering all aspects of modern warfare. Missions included: air policing; surface attack; airborne interdiction; ISR; non-kinetic effects; space; air-land integration; air-maritime integration; and both reactive and planned joint personnel recovery.
On the ground, two American air support operations squadrons deployed into the field and gave real-world updates on the movement of convoys through Northumberland to allow combat air to rehearse targeting. They also supported helicopter assaults teams in rehearsing the capture of high-value individuals.
Concurrently, HMS Defender took part in an integrated air and missile defence mission to exercise air-maritime integration.
Because of its size, the exercise was run from multiple separate locations including RAF Waddington, RAF Leeming and RAF Boulmer, which simulated the likely situation in a real-world campaign with force elements operating from disparate locations.
Inzpire’s Head of Collective Training Division Richard Tattersall said: “Delivering such a complex exercise over three locations with participants from across the globe has been an incredible challenge but an intensely satisfying one for my team. We offer some of the best large force exercise training in the world and are very proud to deliver this as part of the 92 Squadron Whole Force.”
Wing Commander Phil Abbott BSc RAF said: “92 Squadron’s Whole Force has just delivered Exercise COBRA WARRIOR 22-2.
“This was the RAF’s capstone exercise, providing training across all domains of modern warfighting against a near-peer threat. Participants came from across Europe and the US to practice multi-domain integration and demonstrate NATO’s air power.
“The exercise witnessed the culmination of many RAF Qualified Weapons Instructor courses, with the graduates returning to front line units with the expertise required to provide cutting edge tactical leadership.”
Inzpire’s Collective Training Division
Inzpire’s Collective Training division has over 10 years’ experience of successful, partnered collective training delivery with the UK Ministry of Defence. The division has designed and delivered over 300 live and synthetic exercises and provided operationally realistic training to over 10,000 frontline personnel. Our collective training teams are currently embedded in the RAF’s Air Battlespace Training Centre, Air and Space Warfare Centre and Typhoon Operational Conversion Unit, where we deliver joint collective training to Armed Forces personnel from both the UK and overseas.
27 Sep 22. British Army paratroopers train in Slovenian mountains. As part of Exercise Triglav Star, soldiers are being taught climbing and rope work techniques. The British Army’s paratroopers from C (Bruneval) Company, 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment (2PARA) are undergoing training in the mountainous regions of Slovenia as part of Exercise Triglav Star. Under the guidance of expert mountain infantry from Slovenia and the US, as many as 120 paratroopers from the regiment are being trained in climbing and rope work techniques.
As part of the exercise, soldiers are taught to deal with tactical and physical challenges, including high-altitude climbs, steep cliff faces, and wooded slopes.
of basic skills including navigation, fixed rope climbing, rappelling, abseiling, and rope bridges.
Apart from the physical training, subject matter experts based at the Nato Centre of Excellence for Mountain Warfare also trained the commanders on small unit tactics.
In its final phase, multinational troops will display their tactical skills in the rough terrains of the Julian Alps.
The exercise is intended to prepare paratroopers under the British Army’s global response force to establish operations in any environment.
The drills are conducted along with troops from the US, Poland, Hungary, and Slovenia, and will also enable the paratroopers to share skills and improve ties with Nato allies. (Source: army-technology.com)
26 Sep 22. USAF and Army air defenders conduct D-IADS technology demonstration. The demo was conducted to assess the system’s deployment procedures and JMAC with NORAD’s D-IADS. Air defenders from the US Air Force (USAF) and the Army have conducted a technology demonstration for a deployable-integrated air defence system (D-IADS). It involved teams from the US Army’s Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation & Missile Centre and 263rd Army Air and Missile Defence Command (AAMDC) and USAF’s North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD).
Conducted between 12 and 23 September, the demonstration aimed to validate the system’s deployment procedures and an advanced electronic identification capability, referred to as joint multi-platform advanced combat ID (JMAC), with NORAD’s D-IADS. (Source: airforce-technology.com)
26 Sep 22. USAF squadrons conduct F-35A student pilots’ capstone training exercise. The event trained F-35A student pilots in a simulated combat scenario to prepare them for future tasks. US Air Force’s (USAF) 61st Fighter Training Squadron (FTS) and 2nd Fighter Squadron (FS) have conducted the F-35A student pilots’ basic course capstone training exercise. The complex combat training was carried out from 12 to 23 September. Intended to prepare for future operations, the event saw the F-35A Lightning II student pilots train in a complex simulated scenario away from their home station.
As part of this training, both squadrons travelled to Mountain Home Air Force Base (MHAFB) in Idaho to practise with the student pilots.
2nd FTS is assigned under 325th Fighter Wing (FW) and operates from Eglin AFB, Florida, while the 61st FS operates from Luke AFB, Arizona.
The training involved student pilots flying blue-coloured aircraft while the course instructors and trainers used red assets, signifying threats. (Source: airforce-technology.com)
25 Sep 22. UK Armed Forces kick off major series of exercises in the Indo-Pacific. RAF participates in large-scale air exercise in Australia for the first time since the Covid pandemic.
The RAF has started a series of exercises that will see the UK Armed Forces training with Australia, Japan, the Republic of Korea and other Indo-Pacific nations, until December.
Four Typhoon fighters and one Voyager air-to-air refuelling aircraft from the RAF joined Exercise Pitch Black in Darwin, Australia. It was the first time the RAF had taken part in the exercise since the pandemic, with around 100 aircraft and 2,500 personnel from 17 countries participating in large-scale, complex training missions.
The RAF Typhoons flew by day and night as part of large multi-national formations of aircraft over one of the largest air training areas in the world. Pilots operated in both the air-air and air-ground role, often in the same sorties, both as attacking and defending forces. Each exercise mission was supported by a Voyager air-air refuelling tanker which provided fuel to jets from a number of participating nations.
The RAF’s contribution to Exercise Pitch Black is a tangible demonstration of UK air power and highlights the UK’s ability to deploy rapidly at long range. It also illustrates the UK’s desire to enhance international military relationships for the safe and effective conduct of air operations with partner nations. As part of this aim, the Typhoon fighters flew back to the UK via Malaysia and India to conduct further defence engagement activity.
The Royal Navy, meanwhile, celebrates one year of permanent presence in the Pacific, following the departure of HMS Spey and HMS Tamar from Portsmouth. In the year since they left, the vessels have sailed 40,000 nautical miles each and collectively visited 17 nations and British Overseas Territories.
The two UK warships are deployed to the Indo-Asia-Pacific as part of the UK’s tilt towards the region. HMS Spey has just completed participation in the largest military exercise in northern Australia this year, Kakadu 22, while HMS Tamar will host teams from the US Navy and Royal New Zealand Navy for a large-scale mine warfare exercise off the Republic of Korea. These teams will operate Remus autonomous underwater vehicles from the ship.
UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: “Security and stability throughout the Indo-Pacific remains paramount, and with the Pitch Black exercises and the persistent presence of the Royal Navy in the Pacific, we are able to demonstrate our commitment and shared responsibility across the region and further strengthen our close ties with friends and allies. The UK Government has identified the Indo-Pacific region as being critical to the UK’s economy, its security, and its global ambition to support open societies. The RAF’s participation in the exercise is deepening engagement in the region in support of shared prosperity and regional stability.”
Meanwhile, the deployment of HMS Tamar and HMS Spey has seen the Royal Navy enforce a UN embargo against North Korea; deliver aid to Tonga in the wake of a tsunami and take part in numerous regional exercises from large-scale military workouts, through to the principal humanitarian support mission, Pacific Partnership, which ended last month. This saw HMS Tamar involved in community projects in Palau and Commando engineers build a school in the Philippines.
October will see the UK commence further exercises with Australia, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and other Indo-Asia-Pacific nations. These will include Exercise Vigilant Isles and Exercise Puk Puk, both land-based exercises. Exercise Vigilant Isles will see personnel from 1 Regiment Royal Horse Artillery deploy to Japan to conduct Ground Based Surveillance training. Meanwhile, Exercise Puk Puk will enable UK Royal Engineers to hone their tactical skills by supporting Australian Army Engineers conducting construction activities in Papua New Guinea.
Deputy Prime Minister of Australia, Richard Marles said: “These exercises demonstrate Australia’s longstanding commitment to deepening cooperation in the region. They reflect the high value we place on regional stability, shared security and fostering closer ties throughout the Indo-Pacific. Australia and the United Kingdom share these values and continue to advance their cause.”
These exercises follow the recent visit of Australian Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles to Barrow-in-Furness, where he attended the commissioning of the fifth of seven new Astute-Class Royal Navy submarines, HMS Anson, alongside other bilateral engagements. (Source: https://www.gov.uk/)
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