Joint Base Langley–Eustis will host Exercise Atlantic Trident 17 April 12 through April 28, 2017. The event will be unique with F-22 Raptors and the F-35 Lightning II from the US flying with the UK Royal Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon, and French Air Force Dassault Rafale.
“This exercise was designed to encourage the sharing and development of air combat TTPs [tactics, techniques and procedures] with our French and U.K. partners, against a range of potential threats leveraging U.S. Air Force fifth-generation capabilities,” said U.S. Air Force Col. Peter Fesler, 1st Fighter Wing commander.
“This is not only an opportunity to share the capabilities of the aircraft, pilots and maintainers between our nations, but to build friendship, trust and confidence that will improve our interoperability as we go forward.”
hile various exercises are held with allied and partner nations throughout the world, this exercise is one of the first to focus on greater integration of U.S. Air Force’s fifth-generation capabilities. – Joint Base Langley-Eustis
Joint Base Langley-Eustis held an exercise in 2015 that also included the Royal Air Force, French Air Force and the US Air Force F-22 Raptor but 2017 will be special with the addition of the F-35 Lightning II. Sounds like a good time!
Featured image of a US Air Force T-38 Talon, Royal Air Force Typhoon, French Air Force Rafale and F-22 Raptor flying in formation as part of a Trilateral Exercise held at Langley Air Force Base, Va., Dec. 7, 2015. The 1st Fighter Wing hosted the exercise which focused on operations in a highly-contested operational environment. Photo by Senior Airman Kayla Newman, US Air Force