This combined air force training is the meeting hub for three Allied air forces enabling them to practice the "high-spectrum" missions of air combat, for today and tomorrow. Over the next two weeks, the United States Air Force, the British Royal Air Force and the French Air and Space Force will hone their skills to operate together and to increase interoperability as well as technical and tactical know-how.
More than 600 women and men from the three air forces will be ready to accept the operational challenge of this exercise. Almost fifty latest-generation combat aircraft such as the French Rafale, the British Typhoon or the American F-35 will simulate combined raids in the French airspace. Their objective: to promote the development of common procedures, reflecting the high intensity of air combat.
Interoperability means how to fight together. It's about increasing exchanges between the most modern fighter jets in the world
"Interoperability means how to fight together. It's about increasing exchanges between the most modern fighter jets in the world, sharing our tactical and technical knowledge and improving the responsiveness of our joint operations," said Lieutenant-Colonel Mickaël, deputy director of the exercise.
On the British side, "the exercise is a major milestone in the history of the Royal Air Force," said Captain Jonathan Farrow OBE, based in France as a liaison officer. "Atlantic Trident will notably be the first international exercise in which the new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth will be deployed ," he added.