Wednesday, July 13, 2011

German Eurofighters Deploy to Spain for TL

For a period of four weeks, Albacete Air Base in Spain has been the home to three Eurofighter from the Jagdgeschwader 74, based at Neuburg, Germany. The Luftwaffe’s Eurofighters were participating in the Tactical Leadership Programme (TLP) for the first time.

This programme is known to be one of the most demanding NATO exercises for flying combat units. Next to the Eurofighter jets were MiG-29s, F-16s, Mirage 2000s, F-4s, Hawks, Alpha-Jets, various helicopter types, transport planes, special units as well as one frigate from the Spanish Navy participating.

In the so called Composite Air Operation (COMAO), the special roles of each weapon system were harmonised in order to gain maximum effectiveness in a complex simulated war scenario. The Bavarian Eurofighters exploited their air dominance capabilities during the exercise to protect other assets from hostile air attacks.

The exercise demonstrated that Eurofighter is in a class of its own and the jets were nicknamed “Storm” after a short while, delivering remarkable achievements by showing how agile and dominant they were in their role when compared to other air assets involved in the exercise.

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