Royal Air Force’s Capstone Tactical Training Exercise Cobra Warrior-22 Concludes
Royal Air Force’s Capstone Tactical Training Exercise Cobra Warrior-22 Concludes

Royal Air Force’s Capstone Tactical Training Exercise Cobra Warrior-22 Concludes

Exercise Cobra Warrior, the RAF’s capstone tactical training event has today drawn to a close. The Exercise, which ran for the last 3 weeks, has allowed members of the United States Air Force, Italian and German Air Forces and NATO to work alongside their RAF counterparts to undertake multiple training missions with various objectives. In turn providing a valuable opportunity to develop joint tactics, techniques, and procedures. The Tactical Air-Land and Rapid Air-Land operation of the Atlas A400M, which included UK airborne forces from 16 Brigade (British Army) and precision strike teams for the first time, allowed personnel to find and fix enemy threats on the ground prior to air assets neutralising air defence capabilities all of which led to capture of an enemy target.

Tornado aircraft from the German Air Force at RAF Waddington where they are based for the exercise. In addition to the German and Italian aircraft, United States Air Force F-16s which are normally based in Italy will be operating from their US base at RAF Lakenheath.
Tornado aircraft from the German Air Force at RAF Waddington where they are based for the exercise. In addition to the German and Italian aircraft, United States Air Force F-16s which are normally based in Italy will be operating from their US base at RAF Lakenheath. (Royal Air Force/UK Crown Copyright)

“I am incredibly proud of what 92 Squadron has delivered over the last 3 weeks. This level of training is of great importance in generating credible and capable Air and Space Power and has enabled interoperability across a number of Air and Land assets, Frontline Squadrons, as well as allied and partner nations. This Exercise has set a strong foundation on which we will build during 2023, where we will again look to ‘push the envelope’ with our training scenarios to set our participants an even more realistic, immersive and challenging environment as part of our collective training vision,” Wing Commander Abbott 92 Squadron Commanding Office said.

34 Squadron who are based at RAF Leeming, flew in a 92 Squadron Chinook which is based at RAF Odiham and took part in Exercise COBRA WARRIOR. (Photo by Royal Air Force/UK Crown Copyright)

The opportunity to train alongside Allies is invaluable to us. Understanding each other, how we plan, how we operate, across a multitude of different scenarios is key to maximising our potential. Training Exercises such as Cobra Warrior present a fantastic opportunity and this iteration has been no different,”Group Captain Burton Cobra Warrior Exercise Director said.

This is one of the best exercises, not just in Europe, but in the world. It’s an opportunity to integrate with partner nations just to be ready and so we know each other in the best way possible,” Major Setini Eurofighter Detachment Leader said.

Two RAF Regiment JTACs (Joint Forward Air Controllers) partaking in (Exercise COBRA WARRIOR, which is the RAF’s capstone tactical training event designed to develop skills of coalition aircrew and supporting elements within a Composite Air Operation. (Photo by Royal Air Force/UK Crown Copyright)

In another first UK Joint Personnel Recovery Teams, utilising 51 Squadron RAF Regiment and rotary assets from Joint Helicopter Command operated with United States Air Force 56th Rescue Squadron combat search and rescue teams to retrieve stranded personnel. All of which took place whilst combat air elements, which included United States Air Force F-16’s, Italian Eurofighters, German Tornados and RAF Typhoons, provided the required air support. Cobra Warrior training serials were developed and delivered by 92 Squadron based out of RAF Waddington. 92 Squadron is based at RAF Waddington, providing air training and tactics advice to commanders and units for the tactical employment of air power.

Soldiers from C Coy, 3 PARA take a defensive formation after dismounting from an Airbus A400m Atlas with support from an RAF Chinook from Joint Helicopter Support Squadron, RAF Benson during Ex COBRA WARRIOR on the 15th September 2022. (Photo by Royal Air Force/UK Crown Copyright)