In 2023, the exercise was held at RAF Waddington in the United Kingdom, and saw the participation of several multinational jets like the Indian Air force with five Mirage 2000’s, the Finnish Air force with six F-18 Hornets but also six EF-2000 Typhoons from Saudi Arabia. The Belgium Air Force left already the second week with their F-16’s back home.
The exercise, which lasted for three weeks, was designed to simulate real-world combat scenarios and test the interoperability of different military units. It provided a unique opportunity for pilots and ground crews to train together in a joint environment and learn from each other’s experiences.
During the exercise, the participating pilots conducted a variety of missions, including air-to-air combat, air-to-ground attacks, and reconnaissance missions. They also had the opportunity to practice their air-to-air refueling skills, which are crucial for long-range operations.
One of the highlights of the exercise was the joint missions conducted by the Mirage and F-18 fighter jets. The two aircraft types have different capabilities and are operated by different nations, but were able to work together seamlessly during the exercise.
The exercise was also an opportunity for ground crews to practice their skills in aircraft maintenance and logistics. They had to work together to ensure that the aircraft were ready to fly at all times and that the necessary equipment and supplies were available.
In addition to the military training, the exercise also provided an opportunity for the participating nations to strengthen their diplomatic and cultural ties. There were several social events during the exercise, including a reception hosted by the British Royal Air Force.
Overall, the Cobra Warrior 2023 exercise was a success, and demonstrated the importance of international cooperation in military operations. It allowed pilots and ground crews to train together, learn from each other, and build stronger relationships that will benefit them in future operations.