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Despite a cooling off in relations between Russia and NATO countries, neither party has refused taking part in joint military programs.
One such program is the regular aerial combat training exercise of the US Air Force and its allies, called “Red Flag”. The next exercise is scheduled for October 2012.
US Military command came up with the idea of conducting Red Flag exercises during the Vietnam War, when the USAF and naval aviation primarily used heavy multi-functional bombers such as the F-4 Phantom-II and F-105 Thunderchief. These bombers demonstrated their inability to engage in close combat with Vietnam’s light MIG aircraft. The reason for such failings was the strong reliance placed on powerful radars and medium-range missiles on the new American fighters. However, in practice the engagements very often did not go the way the pre-war theoretical schemes designed them to and the ratio of losses did not benefit the American side.
The Russian Federation Air Force will be coming to Nellis AFB, Nevada, to participate in the US Air Force's Red Flag (13-1) exercise. How the world has changed... This would have been absolutely unthinkable even a few years ago. It's actually kinda bizarre now... But at the same time, kinda awesome.
The questions I have are: Will the Russians play the part of Red Air? It will certainly be interesting to see how the Russians react to the US interpretation of their tactics and doctrine... Also, I have to wonder how the Russian play-acting/dress-up the 64th and 65th Aggressors do will go over...
Originally posted by charles1952
I've got a really stupid question, I know very little about this.
Would Russia intentionally play at only, say, 80% effort? That way they would see what we have without giving away their capabilities, and that might cause us to underestimate them.
Originally posted by Zaphod58
reply to post by 74Templar
I don't believe they have announced which US units will be involved yet. They'll probably be announcing it soon. I'm not sure they'll bring the Raptor, but it would make things REALLY exciting if they did.
Originally posted by Zaphod58
reply to post by DeadSeraph
No. They're limited to 44,000ft and have to stay near enough to a base that they can land safely if there's a problem. The head of Air Combat Command, General Mike Hostage has just qualified in the F-22, and is planning on flying the aircraft with different units around the Air Force. He has said that he's asking pilots to do something that he himself isn't doing, so he's going to fly it as much as possible until they fix the problem.
Pilots currently are flying without the upper pressure suit that they have been using, that is believed to be a leading cause of the problem pilots have experienced. That means they're limited to 44,000 feet or lower, which is the upper limit they can fly without a pressure suit on.