U.S. Air Force Conduct Training with U.K, France at Point Blank 2018
U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles from the 48th Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath, England, will trained with United Kingdom F-35B and Typhoon aircraft as well as French Rafales for exercise Point Blank at RAF Lakenheath.
A Royal Air Force F-35 Lightning II, U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle, and French air force Dassault Rafale fly behind a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker from the 100th Air Refueling Wing during Exercise Point Blank over the English Channel, Nov. 27, 2018.
Training with NATO allies such as the UK and France improves interoperability and demonstrates the United States’ commitment to regional security. Point Blank also represented an opportunity to enhance interoperability and integration between allied fourth and fifth-generation fighter aircraft.
KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing, RAF Mildenhall, England, and a U.K. Voyager from RAF Brize Norton provided aerial refueling support. A variety of other U.S. and RAF aircraft based in the UK also supported the exercise.
Training with joint partners, allied nations, and other U.S. Air Force units contributes to our ready and postured forces and enables us to build enduring and strategic relationships necessary to confront a broad range of global challenges.