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Anatolian Eagle 2015-1

Anatolian Eagle 2015-1 was held from 8-19 June 2015 at Konya Airbase . The airbase is located close to the city of Konya in central Turkey. Konya is no 3 main jet airbase residing 131 Filo (E-7), 132 Filo (F-16) and the famous Turkish Stars (F-5).

Anatolian Eagle is the only large-scale exercise of this kind in Europe with a training area of 12000 square km and almost unlimited training possibilities. AE was organized for the first time in 2001. The Turks, after having participated in Red Flag Nellis in 1997, decided they needed this kind of training back home. So AE was born and has been growing ever since.

AE is much like Red Flag and it enables to train aircrews in modern air warfare as close as it gets to the real thing. The training intensifies during the course of the exercise. The main objectives are, cooperation between the participating counties on all levels, testing procedures/skills and equipment, executing all types of missions like CAP/CAS/SEAD/CSAR .

Due to its strategic location a lot of different countries have participated in AE since 2001. The bulk of participants during an AE are the Turkish Air force with 80% of its fighter units present. Foreign players will mostly be from Western Europe, USA or Middle East.

The photos give a good impression of what an AE looks like. This time the following units participated.

Turkish Air Force
141, 142, 151, 152, 161, 162, 181, 182 and 191 Filo
Turkish Air Force
111 and 171 Filo
Turkish Air Force
131 Filo
Turkish Air Force
135 Filo
Turkish Air Force
202 Filo
Turkish Army
Turkish Army
Turkish Air Force
132 Filo (acting as Red Air)
German Air Force
Pakistan Air Force
9 sqn
Spanish Air Force
Ala 15
Royal Air Force
XI(F) sqn
Typhoon FGR4
United States Air Force
493 FS

During AE there will be 2 waves each day, one morning and one afternoon. Each wave will vary depending on the scenario. On average between 60 – 80 aircraft will launch. AE will end on Thursday after the morning wave thus giving the units enough time to be home for the weekend. The Turkish participants already head back home after the final debrief on Thursday with most foreigners leaving on Friday.

Turkish Air Force (141, 142, 151, 152, 161, 162, 181, 182 and 191 Filo)
Turkish Air Force (111 and 171 Filo)
Turkish Air Force (131 Filo)
Turkish Air Force (135 Filo)
Turkish Army (3 KHA)
Turkish Army (1 THB)
Turkish Air Force (132 Filo, acting as Red Air)
Pakistan Air Force (9 sqn)
Spanish Air Force (Ala 15)
Royal Air Force (XI(F) sqn)
Untied States Air Force (493 FS)
Support for the Pakistan Air Force
By Hans Antonissen