Royal Saudi Air Force concludes participation in ‘Desert Flag’ drill in UAE

RIYADH: The Royal Saudi Air Force on Friday ended its participation in the “Desert Flag” multinational air exercise at Al-Dhafra Air Base in the UAE, the Kingdom’s defense ministry said.


The RSAF took part alongside forces from a number of friendly countries.


Lt. Col. Adel Abu Malha, commander of the air force group participating in the exercise, said that the drill achieved its objectives — the exchange of military experience, boosting readiness and combat efficiency, and strengthening relations with the participating forces.


He said it also highlighted the professionalism of RSAF personnel.

The three-week drill included offensive, defensive and strategic counterair operations, as well as supporting ground forces within new and complex scenarios.


The Saudi air force participated with six F-15SA fighter aircraft, along with air, technical and support crews, while carrying out 80 day and night sorties and aerial refueling.

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