Listing the main exercises in which the French Armed Forces will participate in the first half of 2021, the Ministry of the Armed Forces has announced that it will host Exercise Atlantic Trident, in which air forces from France, the United States and the United Kingdom will participate. .
To take place at Mont-de-Marsan air base in southwestern France, the exercise will bring together Rafales from the French Air Force, Eurofighter Typhoons from the Royal Air Force and F- Fifth generation 35B and F-. 22A United States Air Force Raptor fighter. The objective of the exercise, as described by the ministry, is “to prepare to operate in coalition with the latest generation of combat aircraft, in a contested air environment”.
This is the third time that exercise Atlantic Trident has been organized. The first two editions, in 2015 and 2017, were held in the United States. In the past, exercises have focused primarily on air defense, with individual combat scenarios within visual range, beyond visual range engagements, and area denial exercises. “The French Air Force and the British Royal Air Force definitely bring a unique perspective on how they would approach a problem and that helps everyone,” commented Captain Michael, an F-22 Raptor pilot participating in the 2017 edition. “They approach issues differently and give us that unique perspective that a coalition force brings.”
As part of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), all three air forces are used to participate in the same operations. However, they rarely operate from the same bases. Thus, exercises like the Atlantic Trident allow crews to share their experiences during mutual debriefings.