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RAF Fighter Jets Look Like Clones in the Sky During Joint Exercise With U.S. Air Force

Recently,  Royal Air Force (RAF) Typhoons and F-35 Lightnings filled the sky during the recent exercise jointly conducted with the U.S. Air Force in the North Sea region. The aircraft exercised side-by-side U.S. F-15s and B-Lancers, successfully completing the Bomber Task Force deployments.
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The Bomber Task Force is a mission conducted by the U.S. Air Force in European theaters of operations. The service deploys bomber aircraft regularly to train with joint partners, ally nations, and other units. These exercises strengthen the long-term and strategic connections needed to face the emerging threats.

Recently, RAF aircraft took part in the Point Blank exercise, a quarterly joint exercise run by the U.S. Air Force designed to improve combat readiness and increase tactical proficiency of the participant forces.

More than 26 U.K. fighter aircraft Lakenheath-based aircraft and participants flying from across the sea demonstrated their abilities. Point Blank included various air exercises and operations throughout the North Sea region and implied using aircraft in different roles.

RAF Eurofighter Typhoons and F-35 Lightnings trained alongside U.S. Air Force F-15E fighters and strategic bombers, demonstrating their ability to operate in a highly contested combat environment.

Collective defense and interoperability were also significant parts of the exercise. Air-to-air refueling was provided by the U.K. forces by using a Voyager aircraft and a KC-135 Stratotanker. The refueling not only saved time for jets and allowed them to stay in the air longer, but it also helped the participants to achieve their training potential.

"These Exercises allow us to give our pilots valuable training experience with near-peer capabilities, and strengthen our relationships across the NATO alliance. They demonstrate our continued combined commitment to the partnership and the defence of the Euro-Atlantic Area," explained Air Vice Marshal Duguid, Air Officer Commanding 11 Group.

The U.K.'s participation in this year's series of the U.S. Bomber Task Force operations to northern Europe came to a successful ending with the Point Blank exercise.

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