‘Bril­liant Ar­row 2017’

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The Luft­waffe’s largest ex­er­cise was con­ducted 11-24 Septem­ber 2017 in north­ern Ger­many. ‘Bril­liant Ar­row’ is de­signed to train NATO air forces to share their ex­pe­ri­ence and skills in com­bined air op­er­a­tions.

Ex­er­cise Bril­liant Ar­row 2017 ( BRAW17), con­ducted from 11 to 24 Septem­ber 2017 in north­ern Ger­many, was the Luft­waffe’s largest ex­er­cise this year. The aim was to ob­tain NATO Re­sponse Force ( NRF) cer­ti­fi­ca­tion for 2018 from the Joint Force Air Com­po­nent Com­mand, based in Kalkar in Ger­many. The NATO Re­sponse Force (NRF) is a highly ready and tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced multi­na­tional force made up of land, air, mar­itime and Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions Forces com­po­nents that the Al­liance can de­ploy quickly, wher­ever needed. In ad­di­tion to its op­er­a­tional role, the NRF pro­vides a ve­hi­cle to demon­strate op­er­a­tional readi­ness and act as a “test­bed” for Al­liance trans­for­ma­tion. It can be used in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of NATO’s Con­nected Forces Ini­tia­tive (CFI) as a ve­hi­cle for greater co­op­er­a­tion in ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing, in­creased ex­er­cises and bet­ter use of tech­nol­ogy.

Bril­liant Ar­row is de­signed to train NATO air forces who do not rou­tinely train to­gether to share their ex­pe­ri­ence and skills in com­bined air op­er­a­tions. It pre­pares the par­tic­i­pat­ing units and HQ AIRCOM to as­sume standby from 2018, ready to re­act in de­fence of the NATO re­gion and its in­ter­ests.

Ex­er­cise ac­tiv­i­ties were sup­ported by AWACS air­craft fly­ing out of the NATO Air Base in Geilenkirchen, Ger­many, an Air­bus A-310 MRTT tanker air­craft tak­ing off from Cologne with tar­get sim­u­la­tion air­craft and forces from Hohn, Nord­holz and Nord­horn. More­over, the 26th Sur­faceto-Air Mis­sile Group in Husum and 3rd Tac­ti­cal Air Com­mand and Con­trol Group in Holz­dorf/Schön­walde with their de­ploy­able Con­trol and re­port­ing Cen­tre pro­vided key sup­port to suc­cess­ful train­ing dur­ing the ex­er­cise. The air­craft fly­ing in the ex­er­cise were: Wittmund AB Luft­waffe from Wittmund AB with Tak­tis­chen Luft­waf­fengeschwader 71 ‘Richthofen’, us­ing four Eurofighter Typhoons Pol­ish Air Force from the 31st Tac­ti­cal Air Base Poz­nań–Krzesiny with 6 Squadron, a to­tal of 72 per­sons, with 10 pi­lots and five F-16s Greek Air Force from Souda Bay AB with 340th Squadron of the 115 Com­bat Wing, a to­tal of 42 per­sons, with 12 pi­lots and four F-16s Dis­cov­ery Air De­fence pro­vided ad­ver­sary air as­sets, with two A-4s as ‘red air’ Laage AB Turk­ish Air Force with two F-16s

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