The second Joint Warrior exercise of 2010 got underway of the coast of
North West Scotland early in October when once again numerous coalition
forces brought together various assets from Land Sea & Air for two weeks
intensive training at a multi national level. The events over the two
weeks featured war scenarios involving all the assets assembled. JW10-2
like all the JW exercises is designed to improve operability between
allied forces and prepare crews to conduct combined operations during
is in the main around the coast of North West Scotland the exercise HQ
are at the Royal Navel base at Faslane.
Airfields used for this particular exercise were Kinloss, Lossiemouth,
Waddington, Brize Norton, Marham, Lakenheath and
The Scottish air bases of Kinloss and Lossiemouth would be the busiest
of all the flying units. Kinloss playing host to the maritime aircraft
apart from the GAF P3 Orion which operated out of Flugplatz Nordholz.
Other aircraft using Kinloss were Royal Navy Hawks from Yeovilton and
Falcons of Cobham's. Lossiemouth played host to 8 J30 Gripens. The
forces were spit into Red & Blue and the imaginary war began to unfold.
The Falcons of Cobham’s play a duel role they can tow aerial targets and
also act as attacking aircraft with Hawks supporting. This is done with
Hawks flying alongside the Falcon and when the attack is pressed home
the Falcon peels away leaving the Hawks to fly a track directly at the
target acting as missiles. The Hawks also get instructions from the
airborne Command and Control to assist with the intercepting work and
dog fighting. Command & Control was taken of by either a NATO E3B from
Germany, or a
RAF E3D from Waddington.
GR4’s operating from Marham and supported by a VC10 from Brize Norton.
This stood on station off the North Yorkshire coast. The GR4’s would
continually threaten and test the opposition’s defences.
The Swedish Air Force supplied a number of their JAS 39 Gripens of F21
playing a major role, by multitasking the aircraft by simultaneously
swapping crews to fly air defence counter air close air support and
Submarine hunting was taken care of by the compliment of Maritime Patrol
Aircraft (MPA) flying from Kinloss they would leave on missions of 8 –
10 hrs searching a huge area supporting the reconnaissance, surveillance
and maritime patrol for surface and underwater threats.