More than 80 aircraft, the U.S. air force, Japan and South Korea involved in exercises in Alaska

Posted on 08/10/2016 by AviaSeller Tem

The air force tactical exercises of RED FLAG-Alaska (the”Red flag Alaska”) began on Thursday in the us state of Alaska. It is reported TASS with reference to the press service of the us air force base Eielson commanders who organizes these annual exercises since 1992.

“RED FLAG-Alaska provide military pilots, crews and personnel of the operational support of the US and its allies an opportunity to practice and improve the skills of air combat in preparation for miriada different scenarios around the world”, – informed the press service of the military object.

The exercises involved “more than 80 aircraft and hundreds of crew members, technical staff and specialist operational support,” said U.S. air force base. Including the two fighter squadrons with the South Korean military base in Osan, located 70 km South of Seoul, and one squadron of the U.S. air force base Kadena on the Japanese island of Okinawa. The rest of the machines arrived with the us bases in the States of California, Hawaii and Alaska. The part of the participating units represent Israel, Sweden and New Zealand.

According to the drill scenario, the forces are usually divided into “Red”, “Blue” and “White”. “Red” is a conditional aggressor with fighters and ground-based intercept systems, whose task is to simulate a counterattacking actions – fire anti-aircraft artillery and launch rockets.

“Blue” is the allied forces represented the full range of capabilities the US air force and their partners. “White”, respectively, are a neutral party that controls the maneuvers.

Conventional strikes on nuclear facilities of the DPRK during the exercise practiced not. In this TASS said the representative of the press service U.S. air force base, Eielson (Alaska) Ashley Nicole Taylor.

“No attack on conventional nuclear facilities will not be performed during the exercise. The participants from the air force of the Republic of Korea (ROK) will hold a different kind of operation against imaginary integrated defense systems and will inflict strikes on conventional military targets. For example, early warning radars, ground-based military vehicles, bridges, buildings and missiles “ground-to-air,” said Taylor.

“Our unwavering approach to scenario planning RED FLAG-Alaska is to re-establish a complex and real situation of air combat, which will help to prepare crews and support staff to a wide range of strategic challenges, not just one scenario. The question of how and when these skills will be applied is not decided on the briefs and not in the cabins of aircraft,” – said the representative of the press service of the base.

“Individual units participants in RED FLAG-Alaska help you plan and build your own training objectives in scenario exercises. The U.S. air force during the maneuvers focused on maximizing these regular workouts with longtime allies. We do not associate the name of any real country scenarios (exercises),” summed up Taylor.

On 21 September, the broadcaster CNN, citing the Ministry of defense of Kazakhstan reported that during a training exercise in Alaska, the crews of the U.S. air force and South Korea will practice strikes on nuclear facilities of an imaginary enemy. This part of the maneuvers was intended as a demonstration signal to the DPRK, September 9, which carried out an underground nuclear explosion. Pyongyang had previously spent four nuclear test in 2006, 2009, 2013 and January 2016.

RED FLAG-Alaska held on the largest in the United States the range JPARC area 168,4 sq. km. It is in the area of responsibility of air force bases, Eielson and Elmendorf-Richardson (Alaska).

These exercises are held every year in four stages. This year previous stages took place on 28 April – 13 may, 2-17 June, and August 4-19. The fourth and last stage will end on October 21.

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