Desert Flag Takes Flight: Multinational Air Exercise Kicks Off in UAE

The multinational air exercise “Desert Flag” commenced at Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), with the participation of the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) and forces from several sisterly and friendly countries.

The exercise lasts for three weeks.

The commander of the Saudi air forces in the exercise, Lieutenant Colonel Adel bin Saeed Abu Malhah, emphasized that the preparations for the exercise were conducted with utmost professionalism and adhered to the highest safety standards, utilizing readiness, planning, and lessons learned from similar previous exercises.

He noted that RSAF is participating with six fighter jets from the F-15SA system, along with their full air, technical, and support crews.

He further stated that the participation of the air forces in the exercise aims to exchange military experiences in the fields of planning and execution in an environment similar to real war scenarios. This includes enhancing readiness and combat efficiency for air and technical support crews, in addition to strengthening international relations with participating countries.

Additionally, he indicated that the exercise, which includes the UAE, Oman, Türkiye, the United States, France, and South Korea, would witness diverse and varied flights, including defensive and offensive air operations, close air support operations, and combat search-and-rescue operations.

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