A two week exercise at RAF Coningsby during
the first two weeks of September 2013, saw the RAF
hosting guests from the Royal Saudi Air Force
part in Exercise Saudi-British Green Flag. The main part of the
Saudi detachment arrived on the 27 August with 4 Typhoons, 3 FGR5
plus a single T54,and 2 Tornado IDS. Utilizing their recently
A330MRTT the Typhoons of the
flew directly to RAF Coningsby from their base King Fahd AB a
distance of over 2500nm.
arrived in pairs, the final pair of Tornado's were delayed in
Grosetto after a technical fault delayed them for two days.
The exercise was to be a series of missions involving up to 16
aircraft launching per sortie, during which ground and air crews
from both Air Forces would work together developed experience and
knowledge, and tactics Plus for the Typhoons crews learning more
about the capabilities of their aircraft.
A typical sortie
saw eight Tornados and eight Typhoons take off in pairs during two
daily waves with one in the morning and another in the afternoon,
lasting on average 1-2 hours with each two-ship flight comprising a
RAF and RSAF aircraft.
In support of the fast jets the
Royal Saudi Air Force C-130H Hercules aircraft providing the airlift
for the RSAF.