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Saudi Arabia to participate in Falcon Eye 3 air drill in Greece

Deputy Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud. (Official Internet Resources of the President of Russia/Released)

The Royal Saudi Air Force will participate in Falcon Eye 3, a joint training exercise with Greece, scheduled to commence next week at the Souda Air Force Base, Greece.

The deputy commander of the RSAF, Maj. Gen. Talal Al-Ghamdi, said that the Falcon Eye 3 are among the most promising bilateral air exercises for the RSAF and its Greek counterpart, with past versions achieving success on strategic, operational and tactical levels.

Col. Khalifa Al-Enezi, commander of the RSAF group participating in the exercise, said: “The Saudi Air Force is participating with a number of F-15 fighter aircraft with all its air, technical and support crews.”

He explained that the maneuvers aim to enhance cooperation between the Greek and Saudi air forces and raise the level of combat readiness to achieve missions by carrying out flights across international borders, performing operational and training tasks, and exchanging military experiences.

The exercises focused on implementing several training sorties, including offensive and defensive counter and air support operations.

In May 2021, the Greek and Saudi air forces held Falcon Eye 2 at the King Faisal Airbase, in the northern sector. The drill was held with joint sorties by Saudi Arabia’s F-15C and Hellenic Air Force F-16 aircraft.

The commander of the King Faisal Airbase, Maj. Gen. Naser bin Saeed Al-Qahtani, said the exercise bolstered bilateral ties between the two countries.


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