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British and Omani RAF pilots, as well as Qatar’s Emiri Air Force Typhoon pilots, train together over Oman

by Mahua Special Editor

A Voyager air-to-air refuelling aircraft and more than 300 RAF support personnel were on hand to support the deployment of Typhoons from both Lossiemouth-based No.II (Army Co-operation) Squadron and Coningsby-based No.12 Squadron. A number of pilots from the QEAF are currently training with the No.12 Squadrons of the UK’s Typhoons in preparation for the arrival of their own aircraft.

Two weeks of flying included more than 112 sorties, involving British and Omani Typhoons, Omani F-16s, the RAF Voyager and other aircraft. Oman’s Dhofar Governorate served as the site of the Air Exercise.

Britain’s integrated approach to defence was demonstrated in this multi-domain exercise by the RAF’s ability to deploy advanced capabilities and provide high-quality training. By working with Oman and other Gulf countries, the UK demonstrated its commitment to promoting regional security, as well.

The RAF and RAFO collaborated for two weeks to train Omani and British pilots in air-to-ground and air-to-air refuelling techniques. The Omani Typhoon force has only recently begun using air-to-ground weapons, dropping what appeared to be 2,000-pound GBU-10 LGBs in late 2020. However, despite the GBU-10 being approved for use on the (Tranche 1) Typhoon back in 2006-2007, it is not currently in use by the British Royal Air Force or any of the original Typhoon partners. With their Litening targeting pods, RAF Typhoons used strafing (air to ground gunnery) and the Paveway IV dual-mode weapon during the exercise.

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