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  1. Sancho

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    The F3R is basically only important for French Rafales and possible NATO members that want to procure it.

    Only the highlighted parts will be of interest for India, since the rest will be customized to be compatible with IAF's fleet. Own data links and IFF, same Litening pod as all IAF fighters uses, HMS and probably some customized weapons, that's pretty much what we wI'll know openly.
    One doesn't need to be a medium to understand that these fighters might be IAFs nuclear strike platform and that some parts of the costly customisations might be with that in mind.
     
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    Egyptian Rafale fighter pilots outperform Qataris: French Aviation Magazine




    As part of the bilateral military co-operation between Egypt and France, Dassault Aviation, a multinational Rafale fighter manufacturing company named based in France, delivered three Rafale fighters to Egypt on Wednesday which represents the third batch of the total deal of 24 fighters, according to a statement released by the official army spokesperson on Facebook.

    This Egypt-France deal is the first of its kind. For France to sell Rafale fighters to any country, as was the case in February 2015, was unprecedented.

    The deal also includes training Egyptian fighter pilots in these imported Rafale fighters in France. The Egyptian pilots' performance was reported to be superior to their Qatari counterparts who were also at the training center following their country signing similar deals with France.

    In May 2015, a month before the delivery of the first three Rafale fighters to Egypt, Qatar signed a similar deal with Dassault Aviation for 24 Rafale fighters. The signing took place in Doha in the presence of French President François Hollande.

    The terms of the Qatari purchase contract also included training 36 Qatari fighter pilots and 100 Qatari technicians in an affiliated training center. The training was planned to be carried out under the supervision of high-ranking French military experts, according to the Qatari-based news channel Al-Jazeera.

    According to a report published by Reuters in 2015, instructing foreigners at the Rafale training centre, based in France, was perceived as a remarkable endeavor -- it is the first time the centre opened its doors to foreign trainees.

    The report mentioned that the Egyptian fighters underwent an intensive training program in order to qualify them to use the Rafale fighters at the New Suez Canal inauguration in August 2015.

    French weekly aviation magazine Air & Cosmos issued a report in February, indicating a huge difference between Qatari and Egyptian fighter pilots' training levels and results in the Rafale training center.

    Contrary to the fast-paced and strenuous training the Egyptians received, the Qatari fighter pilots were not on the same level as the Egyptian Rafale fighters’ considerable experience and quick understanding of the technology, according to the report.

    The inexperienced and young Qatari pilots, on the other hand, would need to train for thousands of hours, the magazine said.

    Concerning the delivery time agreed with Qatar, several media reports stemming from France 24 said Qatar will receive 11 fighters annually starting from mid-2018 at a cost of €6.3 billion.

    Since the signing between Egypt and France in 2015, the Egyptian Air Forces has received nine of the 24 fighters that were agreed upon. Dassault Aviation company delivered the first batch of three Rafale fighters in July 2015, followed by the second batch of three fighters in January 2016.

    The Rafale fighters are equipped with high-quality aerial war technology and armament that enable them to reach numerous targets simultaneously; therefore, these fighters are in high demand from several countries that seek to enhance their aerial defense abilities.

    Several countries like the United Arab of Emirates, Saudi Arabia and India have expressed interest in purchasing these fighters. French media has reported that there are ongoing discussions between Dassault Aviation and the UAE for 12 Rafale fighters; however, no official confirmation from either side has yet been released.
    http://www.egyptindependent.com/new...s-outperform-qataris-french-aviation-magazine
     
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    Four Rafale Marine now deployed in Jordan


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    The number of Rafales deployed in the Levant has evolved from 12 to 14. This was expected since the return of the carrier CdG Toulon.

    Since March 31, 4 Rafale of the Navy are deployed at the proposed airbase in Jordan, alongside four Rafale of the Air Force. Two Rafale Air have returned to the metropolis since.

    Six more Rafale are deployed to the UAE.

    An ATL2 is also engaged for reconnaissance missions and punctual strikes.

    https://translate.google.com/transl...yes-en-jordanie-17902.html&edit-text=&act=url
     
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    The Rafale F4 on the horizon.
    Posted By: Yves Pagot on:March 22, 2017
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    Rafale Solo Display. Photo Vincent Massé.

    On Monday 20 March, at the Ministerial Committee on Investment, Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian announced the launch of the first development work on the Rafale to the F4 standard. It is known that the future F3-R standard will be available next year and will include the integration of the MBDA Meteor long range missile, the new Talios designation platform in Thalès, new modes for the AESA RBE2 radar, Spectra Improvements ...

    However, it is nevertheless necessary to consider the evolution of the aircraft in the light of threats, in particular the emergence and proliferation of sophisticated anti-aircraft integrated denial-of-access networks based, for example, S300 systems and their successors. These networks include airplanes, ships, and very short range, interconnected, shielded, often mobile, wide area missile systems.

    To attack such defensive networks, it is becoming increasingly necessary to coordinate offensive forces in a very narrow way, to create genuine "counter-networks" networks.Feedback from coalition wars (Libya, Syria, etc.) or multinational exercises (to a certain extent "Trilat" and especially "BoldQuest", focusing on interoperability) clearly show this need, both within French forces, but also international coalitions (the famous L-16 link still having a few years ...). These networks allow command and operators to have a clear and unified "real-time" tactical situation for rapid decision-making and mission execution.

    Of course, this type of capability already exists more or less within the armed forces, for example via the "Alliance" software of the air force, but the evolution of the technologies allows the arrival of systems much more powerful .

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    Tactical situation during the Serpentex 2014 exercise in Mont-de-Marsan

    This axis will, according to our information, be at the heart of the standard F4, available around 2025. It should thus appear on the Rafale, a discrete and very high-speed intra patrol data link allowing sharing images, streaming, etc. in real time. The Rafale should also be equipped with a satellite link operating in a different band than the civil ones, of digital radios (system "contact"), to communicate via a communications server ...

    This axis can be found in the Ministry's press release, as well as an evolution of the sensors and the motorization of the missiles.

    Regarding the motorization, it is known that the current power is considered sufficient by the air force. However, some customers operating under specific conditions in hot conditions at high altitudes (eg India), or from STOBAR aircraft carriers (take-off using a springboard and landing with India) would certainly welcome an increase in power. On the other hand, one of the "universal" laws of combat aviation is the increasing number of aircraft versions as they evolve, hence the need for more power. Finally, the arrival of increasingly powerful electronic systems, consuming electrical energy and cooling, implies increasingly important electric generations. New alloys to increase the temperature of the hot parts (and thus the engine efficiency) are being tested at DGA propulsion. An increase in power, without a redesign of the air inlets allowing a greater flow, however seems impossible beyond 8.2-8.3t of heating power.

    Concerning missiles, the development of the MICA replacement, the MICA "NG" was registered some time ago, with a new self-steering and a new propulsion. Finally, it is known that the AASM program is in full evolution (we will return soon in a new article).

    Finally, electronics and optronics (sensors) are areas that evolve extremely fast.Abandoned a few years ago when OSF-IT appeared, the IR (infra red) channel of the OSF (front sector optronics) is again on the way to being renewed (OSF IRST) as well as l 'Attests a recent job offer on the site of Thales dating from the beginning of the month. As for the AESA RBE2 radar, if its conversion with more efficient Gallium Nitride (GaN) modules has been delayed because it is too costly at the present time, it is an increasingly relevant route for the future, particularly in the context of Electronic warfare.

    It will also be necessary to secure all these communications. The new version of the FA-18 "Growler" will use, for example, active cancellation to suppress UHF band interference for its radios. Securing is one of the challenges of networking.

    It can be seen that if this launch seems premature for some, it responds to a logic of scalability of the program imposed by the rapid mutation of the threats to be faced and the mass arrival of the concept of "netcentric warfare" (war network-centered ) Which is becoming more and more important.
    https://translate.google.com/transl...-rafale-f4-a-lhorizon.html&edit-text=&act=url

    P.S Do i know the author, the author's name look familiar
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    Rafale in the sky of Cairo
    France has delivered three new Rafale combat aircraft to Egypt, under a $ 5.6 billion contract signed in 2015 between Cairo and Paris.


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    Defense Minister Sedqi Sobhi issued a statement on 5 April, announcing that France has delivered three new Rafale combat aircraft to Egypt. The contract for the sale of arms was concluded between the two countries in February 2015 and concerned the purchase by Egypt of 24 Rafale fighters and a multi-purpose frigate for a total of $ 5.6 billion. The three new aircraft are the third batch of aircraft delivered to Egypt.To celebrate the event, Egyptian pilots - specially trained by the French Air Force on the Mont-de-Marsan and Saint-Dizier air bases - demonstrated with the Rafales in the skies of Cairo.


    Before the delivery of these three new aircraft, the Egyptian army had already received the frigate and two batches of Rafale, which now makes a total of six hunters. The first three Rafale and the frigate were delivered by France in July 2015. In October 2015, Egypt and France signed an agreement for the sale of two Military Protection and Command Buildings (BPCs), also known as Mistral.

    Egypt was the first country to buy the Dassault Aviation combat aircraft . This acquisition is part of its strategy to strengthen its defense capabilities. According to the experts, the acquisition by Egypt of a fleet of Rafale fighter aircraft will strengthen its military capabilities and intervention in the fight against terrorism. " These new modern and sophisticated equipment reinforce the capabilities of the Egyptian army. The Rafales can precisely target distant lenses and can carry up to 9 tons of weapons on board. The acquisition of these hunters propels the Egyptian army among the most powerful in the world, "said General Hicham Halabi, a professor at Nasser Military Academy.

    By modernizing its weapons in this way, Egypt becomes less dependent on the United States, which was one of its main suppliers of weapons. Since 2014, Egypt has decided to diversify its suppliers of military equipment. By 2016, Egypt had bought two Mistral-class vessels from France and is currently in discussions with Russia on the purchase of embarked helicopters to equip the two ships. In addition, Egypt bought two German 209/1400 submarines, the first of which was delivered in 2016.
    https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=fr&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http://hebdo.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/0/1/130/22768/Les-Rafale-dans-le-ciel-du-Caire.aspx&edit-text=&act=url
     
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    incredible stopping at air by french rafale


    it stopped and moved as if it had TVC :badass:
     
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    Meteor missile completes integrated flight tests on Rafale


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    Rafale with Meteor. © DGA



    Teams from the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA), Dassault Aviation, MBDA and Thales successfully completed the final guided firing (integration flight test) of the Meteor long-range air-to-air missile against an air target from a Rafale combat aircraft.

    During the test, which took place at the DGA’s Biscarrosse Test Centre, the Meteor successfully engaged and destroyed “at very long range” a high-speed air target (Mirach) simulating an evading fighter aircraft.

    This fifth, global firing completed the two-year integration flight testing campaign of the Meteor air-to-air missile on Rafale. Performance is described as better than expected. All functionalities were successfully tested (such as the activation of the data-link between the Rafale and the missile) in numerous aircraft flight conditions (speed, load factor) and electronic warfare environment.

    Just after the Meteor firing, a (simulated) firing of the currently-used MICA (RF) air-to-air missile was triggered to demonstrate that the Rafale and its crew can efficiently manage a multi-target situation, and then engage the enemy with multi-firings.

    Equipped with a throttleable ramjet motor and featuring a “fire and forget” firing mode, Meteor is intended for very long BVR (Beyond Visual Range) air defence operations.

    Thanks to the extended range capability of its RBE2 Active Electronically-Scanned Array (AESA) radar, the Rafale equipped with Meteor will be able to intercept targets at very long range from 2018 (Rafale “F3R”), complemented by the MICA (RF/IR) missile, both for combat interception and self-defense. For now, the Rafale is the only European combat aircraft in operational service to incorporate AESA radar technology.
    http://www.aircosmosinternational.c...letes-integrated-flight-tests-on-rafale-93761
     
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    Rafale Marine and Air over the desert
    Helen Chachaty in Jordan

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    © Military Staff / National Navy


    BAP of Jordan, April 2017, 8 pm. Four M88 roar as two Rafale M take off for a mission over Iraq and Syria. In the parking lot, two other Rafale of the French Navy are next to four Air Force fighters. This mixed spot is made up of Rafale and personnel from 1/91 " Gascogne " and 12F fleet, a first in outdoor operation and already working " perfectly good ", according to a senior BAP officer.

    The naval aircraft fighter joins the Jordanian desert since the end of March, following the immobilization of the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, currently stationed at the dock for its mid-life renovation. At the end of April, the Rafale M already counted some forty air sorties.

    The 12F opens the hunt party from a land base, but its sisters, the 11F and the 17F - currently undergoing transformation on Rafale after farewell to the Super Etendard Modernized last July - should succeed each other in Jordan, Here in the fall. A way of maintaining the qualifications of the pilots and the skills of the mechanics, according to a plan of activity described to us last autumn by the commander of the naval aviation, Rear Admiral Bruno Thouvenin (see: " A permanent adaptation Know-how "in naval aviation ).

    Same aircraft, same missions. The Rafales of the Air Force and the Navy thus share the flights of reconnaissance, close air support and strikes in Iraq and Syria. The availability rate is close to 95% thanks to the priority given to Middle Eastern theater and especially to the Jordanian base in terms of the supply of spare parts.

    On land, the cohabitation between aviators and sailors of the sky takes place under the sign of cooperation, around a common mission, an army sometimes reserving some humorous pikes to the other, and vice versa. " We have the same mission and we have to work together, the goal is obviously that it is going well, but also to learn from the experience already accumulated by the air force on this theater , A pilot who participated in the last two deployments of the Charles de Gaulle on Arromanches missions 2 and 3. Feeling shared by the aviators, who intend to benefit from their practice of the Iraqi-Syrian theater.

    The next day, when the sailors returned from the mission late into the night, it was the airmen who resumed the air, waiting for future mixed patrols, which would materialize in the weeks or even the days to come. If the missions are currently concentrating mainly on Iraq, and particularly on Mosul, the shift of efforts on Syria and Raqqa will undoubtedly take place very soon. With the recovery of the Iraqi city planned in a handful of weeks, the coalition planes should eventually focus their missions on the Syrian city.
    https://translate.google.com/transl...et-air-au-dessus-du-desert&edit-text=&act=url
     
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    We Flew Red Air against F-22 Raptors, F-35 Lightning IIs, Rafales and Typhoons in Atlantic Trident ’17. Here’s How It Went.
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    Flying adversary air in a 71st Fighter Training Squadron (FTS) T-38A Talon during Atlantic Trident 17.

    At 21,000 ft “Code” rolls the Talon inverted. I have just enough time to realize we are inverted – before the Gs started building and we are pointed… down. Straight down. We are flying adversary air in a 71st Fighter Training Squadron (FTS) T-38A Talon during Atlantic Trident ’17. Not your normal Red Air vul, today we are facing off against a historic gathering of the most formidable fighter aircraft in the western world.

    The United States Air Force (USAF) 1st Fighter Wing located at Joint Base Langley-Eustis (JBLE) hosted the event. 1st FW is responsible for 30% of the USAF Raptor fleet. Described as “America’s premier Air Dominance wing,” the 1st FW is elite company. This group (with the help of the 71st FTS) ensures the Raptors under their command are maintained, manned by skilled pilots, and ready to go when and where needed worldwide, at a moment’s notice.

    After two days of rain and scrubbed vuls the clouds began to lift. Didn’t matter, even with clear skies a nasty storm was brewing over the Atlantic, Typhoons, Lightning strikes, with the “gusts of wind / bursts of fire” (Rafale), and the “Bird of Prey” (Raptor) circling over it all. Not a Hollywood script, this is what awaits the Strike Eagles and Talons of Red Air posing as a variety of MIG threats with specific missile emulations.

    The Platforms & Players:

    Blue Air: 1st FW F-22A Raptors; Eglin AFB F-35A Lightning IIs; Royal Air Force (RAF) Eurofighter Typhoons; French Air Force/Armée de l’air Dassault Rafales.

    Red Air: 71st FTS “Ironmen” T-38A Talons; 391st FS “Bold Tigers” F-15E Strike Eagles from Mountain Home AFB, ID.

    Given operational security, some of the following flight details are principally correct.

    The six participating Talons flew in two flights of three, “Vodka” and “MIG”. The Strike Eagle flights “Marlin” and “Dagger”combined to form another 6 aircraft. 12 Red Air with E-3A Sentry support, against 16 Blue Air. Given Blue Air was farthest from JBLE and launched first, they enjoyed tanker support from the Armée de l’air KC-135, as well as US tanker units (including at one point a KC-10 from the 305th AMW Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst).

    What could we expect of the vul?

    Red Air understood that Blue Air was tasked with a strike mission (target location unknown to Red Air) using the Rafale and Raptor as strikers. While some might think the F-35As should have been the strikers, Raptor was the word and Raptors do have a very effective strike capability. The rest of Blue Air, Typhoons and Lightning IIs (and perhaps a mix of Raptors) were flying escort protecting the strikers.

    Blue Air was challenged to employ “total force integration” across nationalities and platforms to form a multilayered, overlapping sphere of impenetrable “armor.” Certainly, Blue Air would utilize their superior sensors to create a 3D picture of the battle space and their state of the art weapons to “destroy” Red Air well beyond visual range (BVR).

    Red Air would utilize dissimilar threats against Blue Air coming from a multitude of directions and altitudes. The Talons and Strike Eagles primary goal: to find the Blue Air strikers (call sign “Rogue”), fight through the escorts to get within an effective (emulated) missile envelope and realize a kill. However, even if a visual on a Raptor or Lightning II was realized (and Red Air had the radar capability) they would still be “chasing a mirage” and could not expect to get a lock. Great.

    Total force integration of the Gen 5 and 4.5 platforms creates a nasty dilemma for a real adversary. At the best of times target fixation is deadly, add 5th Gen assets in the mix – fatal.

    While the scenario sounds like a futile effort for Red Air, it is key to understand that this exercise is not a game where the highest kills wins. Rather, the primary purpose of the exercise is to ensure Blue Air (our collective nations fighting edge) refine Tactics, Techniques and Procedures (TTPs). With common, familiar TTPs, the coalition will quickly come together in the face of a future conflict and be effective, day one.

    The coalition of Blue Air was challenged to maximize their mix to most efficiently use each aircraft’s exceptional capabilities, weapons loads and available fuel. The best efforts of Red Air would test the tactics of Blue Air, to ensure they overlook nothing, and responded correctly to the dynamic of the fight. If a Blue Air participant required a learning lesson – it was up to Red Air to provide it, and this is the right time and place to do so. Perhaps in the “fog of war” an area of the formation would be left uncovered, and Red Air would get a leaker through to do some damage.

    The 71st FTS “Langley Adversaries” fields young pilots preparing for the Raptor as well as seasoned Raptor pilots and pilots with plenty of experience in alternate platforms. One look at the markings on the F-15E Strike Eagles of the “Bold Tigers” and it was clear there is plenty of combat experience in those cockpits. No question, this group of pilots had the ability to take down a Blue Air player. In a previous visit to the 71st FTS I met one of the T-38 pilots who had done that very thing. I expect it was a lesson that resonated with the Raptor pilot.

    Waiting in open cockpit at the end of runway (EOR) Blue Air completes their launches, and our teammates in F-15Es thunder down the runway in glorious afterburner. Following MIG flight, Vodka flight of Talons launches last, one at a time in rapid succession.

    We form up at 2,000 ft before punching through the clouds in formation. I’m back seat of Vodka #3 flown by “Code,” (1stLt.) in tight our flight lead #1 “Shim” (Maj.) and #2 “HOTAS” (Maj). Within seconds we break through the clouds and the Talons look like beautiful black darts in the blue sky. The SR-71 Blackbird clearly established that “black jets” are the coolest, so we are in good company. The aircraft are stable and the pilots smooth. We stay in formation as we climb to altitude on the way to the fight.

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    T-38As of Langley Adversaries, 71st FTS “Ironmen” Vodka 1 & Vodka 2 during Atlantic Trident ’17 range bound. Flying out of Joint Base Langley-Eustis.

    MIG flight is now far to the southeast working the opposite flank. Marlin and Dagger are well above us in their own airspace blocks working the higher altitudes. Red Air is tightening the noose. At altitude and nearing our block, Vodka 1indicates he will run in on Blue Air from 10,000 ft below us. The Talon drops away so fast my perspective is forever altered. A high-performance aircraft allows the pilot to carve the sky at will shrinking time and space in ways grounded mortals cannot know.

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    Atlantic Trident 17 Red Air, 71st FTS Ironmen (T-38 Talon – Vodka Flight) and the 391st Bold Tigers (F-15E Strike Eagles – Marlin & Dagger Flights) RTB after DCA iwth a Blue Air Strike package of 1st FW F-22 Raptors, Eglin AFB F-35 Lightinging II’s, French Rafale’s and UK Typhoons.

    With “go time” quickly closing in, Vodka 2 moves some distance from us. Flying almost parallel we form a wall approaching Blue Air. Red Air is attacking in numbers from many different directions and altitudes. Perhaps Blue Air will miss one of us as we close rapidly and a striker will fall!

    We now appear to be alone in the sky, a single gunslinger in the expanse with weapons armed and ready against impossible odds. Focus and activity keep the thought at bay, the controllers voice a clear reminder that we are part of a much greater force and we do not fight alone.

    “Fights On!” and we fly our vector like an adversary, oblivious to the invisible danger that lurks unseen in the distant (or near) sky. The next 45 minutes is something of a blur. The controller calls a heading, we turn – someone turns, there is a lot going on in the skies. The tempo increases, the radio crackling with voices. Controllers in the E-3A are busy directing and working what sounds like play by play of an intense play-off game. An intense play-off between warfighters.

    Through the intercom, Code warns “G’s!” I have split second to prepare for a snap turn and the onset of G’s. Code is kind, the G’s are short-lived and light – well under 3. Within moments I hear the radio crackle, “Vodka 1 you’re dead,” followed by “Vodka 2 you’re dead.” Our flight is being picked off like tin cans on fenceposts. I wait to hear Vodka 3 you’re dead – but silence. I’m thinking, c’mom Code, this is our chance let’s press, I could use a kill on my resume. Marlin 1, Dagger 2No, No – not the Strike Eagles! The comms crackle in warfighter shorthand, best deciphered by those who speak in this language. With a sense of the inevitable, I hear it “Vodka 3 you’re dead.” No sympathy, just cold, matter of fact. It is done. I don’t know what killed us, but we were shadow boxing with a lethal foe.

    As we turn to regenerate it is clear this is not a fair fight. But that is the point, and why the tremendous investment in the 5th Gen aircraft. The USAF has no intention to fight fair, they have built their force to dominate the air. They who own the air will find it much easier to own the ground and sea. Looking straight up far above us I see a silver spec blazing across the sky contrail in tow at what appears to be supersonic speeds. A Raptor? It flies with impunity, we are mere spectators. If this was a real fight, seeing such a sight would be a great signal to RTB (return to base). Quickly.

    After regen we return to the fight flying a designated vector. Code rolls the Talon inverted, and pulls briefly into a vertical descent and then a great diving arc. I had about as much as 1/10th a second to prepare for that, and 1/5 a second to enjoy it. Thank-you very much.

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    The fight is on! Red Air inverted and going for a 10,000 ft drop with the 71st FTS “Ironmen” T-38 Talon flown by Lt. S. Harlow, “Code.”

    At some point, we pull near 4G, and the prospects have my undivided attention; will I weight 1,000 lbs today, or just 750? I am told the pilots generally do not notice the physical, it is muscle memory that kicks in while their mind is focused on the battle. I am glad to hear that, I’d certainly hate to lose my train of thought in such a time and place. The Talon bottoms out 10,000 ft below where the maneuver started, and we climb all the way back to 20,000 ft. It takes a minute to perform the massive maneuver. And then I believe I hear music – “Rogue 1” you’re dead. Did we get a Blue Air Striker? Perhaps for all the Red Air jets that fell – perhaps we got one…





    45 minutes’ pass in the vul, and we break for RTB. Code directs me to the right, where descending from much higher airspace, four F-15Es of the 391st FS. In tight formation, the Strike Eagles of Marlin and Dagger flights bob up and down like joined parts of a living being. Magic. Magic always ends leaving you wanting more, that’s how you know it is magic.

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    Some Atlantic Trident ’17 Red Air – F-15Es of the 391st FS “Bold Tigers” (Marlin & Dagger Flights) and T-38A of the 71st FTS “Ironmen” (Vodka Flight) RTB after vul.

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    Atlantic Trident 17 Red Air, 71st FTS Ironmen (T-38 Talon – Vodka Flight) and the 391st Bold Tigers (F-15E Strike Eagles – Marlin & Dagger Flights) RTB after DCA iwth a Blue Air Strike package of 1st FW F-22 Raptors, Eglin AFB F-35 Lightinging II’s, French Rafale’s and UK Typhoons.

    Some may ask, “What is it like to fly adversary against the most lethal integrated fighter force on the planet?” My answer, “You just die. Sight unseen. You just die.”

    Bury your pride, and get used to dying. But do not forget, your “death” serves a greater purpose.

    The seemingly futile fight and subsequent “deaths” are critical to ensure the readiness of the cutting edge of our warfighters, and “Total Air Dominance.”

    For Previous Report on Atlantic Trident ’17 including compelling comments by 1st FW Commander Peter “Coach” FeslerClick Here.

    The Aviationist expresses gratitude to Jeffrey Hood 633 ABW PA and the entire 633 ABW Public Affairs Team who were instrumental and exceptional with their support; Col. Pete “Coach” Fesler, 1 Fighter Wing Commanding Officer, and the 71st FTS, pilots, support, medical and others were beyond exceptional hosts. The entire team at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, professional and gracious throughout the visit. You set the bar, we can but hope to capture and share a small reflection.

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