Ex BRILLIANT ARROW 2013
A Turkish F-16 takes off during Exercise BRILLIANT ARROW 13 at Oerland Main Air Station, Norway, on Sep 3, 2013.
Exercise BRILLIANT ARROW is a live-fly exercise conducted by HQ Allied Air Command involving some 50 military aircraft and approx. 800 personnel from Aug. 25 to Sep. 5, 2013. In addition to Norway, nine other NATO members – France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Turkey and the United Kingdom – have made their personnel and material available for the exercise.
The exercise is conducted to prepare allied air forces and hone their skills in orchestrating air operations. This capability may be needed when the involved units are activated under the NATO Response Force (NRF). The participating units and HQ AIRCOM will be on standby for 2014 ready to be stood up for a potential NRF mission.
(NATO Photo/SSgt Ian Houlding, GBR Army)