Red Flag 2016

  • Jan 29, 2016 4:59am GMT

Exercise Red Flag 2016 is underway. The advanced aerial combat training exercise hosted at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada this year, as it has done since 1975 has participating air crews from the United States Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and Army as well as numerous NATO or other allied nations' air forces over the next two weeks.

The purpose is to train pilots and other flight crew members for real air combat situations. This includes the use of "enemy" hardware and live ammunition for bombing exercises within the adjacent Nevada Test and Training Range.

In a typical Red Flag exercise, Blue Forces (friendly) engage Red Forces (hostile) in realistic combat situations.

A typical flag exercise year includes ten Green Flags (a close air support exercise with the U.S. Army), one Canadian Maple Flag (operated by the Royal Canadian Air Force) and four Red Flags. Each Red Flag exercise normally involves a variety of fighter interdiction, attack/strike, air superiority, enemy air defense suppression, airlift, air refueling and reconnaissance missions. In a 12-month period, more than 500 aircraft fly more than 20,000 sorties, while training more than 5,000 aircrews and 14,000 support and maintenance personnel.

VIDEO 1 Royal Australian Air Force: Exercise Red Flag 16-1 is an air combat training exercise which centres on the large force employment of aircraft in a high-end warfighting environment. RF16-1 is being conducted from Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, United States, from 25 January to 12 February 2016. The aircraft will participate in the Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR), and involve participants from the United States Air Force (USAF), United States Navy (USN), Royal Air Force (RAF) and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

VIDEO 2 AirSource Military: Video of flightline operations from Red Flag 16-1 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. Exercise Red Flag is an advanced aerial combat training exercise, aircraft from different countries, services and squadrons participate in the exercise.