|Quoting Oroka (Reply 1):|
Probably German Typhoons finishing up with Red Flag. I think I read Germany sent 6 Typhoons this year.
Red Flag, which lasted from 11th until June 22nd, provided an opportunity for the participating nations to gain invaluable experience in tactical missions, collective defence and conflict management. Fighter Wing JG 74 took part in the exercise in readiness for its assignment to the NATO reaction force this year, assuring the unit has the right level of interoperability and capabilities for such a role.
Marc Grüne, Lt. Col. of Fighter Wing 74, said: “The German Air Force’s decision to take part in exercise Red Flag - Alaska offered a great opportunity for Fighter Wing 74 to train, test and improve personal skills and aircraft capabilities. We wanted to see if the Eurofighter is capable of everything we think it is. And the aircraft is definitely capable.
Red Flag 12-4 to be held July 16-27
In addition to U.S. aircraft, the United Arab Emirates, flying F-16s, and the Air Force of the Republic of Colombia, flying KFIRs, will participate.
|Quoting TGIF (Reply 4):|
Too early for these perhaps?
|Quoting sweair (Reply 3):|
When Us shifts its focus from Europe to south east Asia there will be a vacuum around EU for a while, are Europeans up to the task? As it seems the Libya campaign shortage of weapons and resources were apparent after just 11 weeks, the Us had to step up and resupply the European members.
|Quoting GDB (Reply 6):|
I suspect some European Air forces, certainly the RAF and the French, would answer 'speak for yourselves' on that.
While some smaller AF's did run short of munitions, the RAF did not, while production of the Brimstone weapon was stepped up to meet demand, which it did sucessfully - but that is made in the UK, not the US. Note also the RAF also deploy this weapon in Afghanistan. There were no reported shortages of Storm Shadow or of LGB's either.
Nor of the French ASSM, their version of the Storm Shadow and their other systems.
As for the others, better a smaller AF makes the effort in the first place and runs short of weapons as a result, than does nothing at all, unlike some other rather larger AF's from larger European nations, they know who they are.
The issue therefore, which you rightly raise, is perhaps not whether European AF's are up to the task - one agreed by the UN in the case of Libya - but why some NATO European AF's usually shoulder all the burden compared to others on the continent. This is a political rather than a military issue.
|Quoting Tancrede (Reply 7):|
As for shortages, it is right that UK and France were rather short of UAVs and then US had to come to Libya with some Predators-like drones. But otherwise, both countries had enough weanpons to procede with these operations until the end of the war.