Anatolian Eagle 2015-1
Invited participants included the Pakistani Air Force who attended with four F-16BMs and two F-16As from the 9th Squadron (Griffins) based at Mushaf Air Base
The Royal Air Force flew in with six Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4s from 11 Squadron based at RAF Coningsby.
The United States Air Force participated with a large force of twelve McDonnell Douglas F-15Cs from the 493rd Fighter Squadron at RAF Lakenheath.
The Spanish Air Force also attended with six McDonnell Douglas EF-18A(M) Hornets from ALA15 based at Zaragoza.
The Anatolian Eagle scenario consists of the BLUE attack package with Combined Air Operation (COMAO) on the tactical and strategic targets in RED territory which are defended by fighter aircraft and surface to air missile (SAM) systems.
The White Headquarters is the brain of Anatolian Eagle, it is the centre building in which the training is planned and the statistical studies are carried out. Command Control Centre (C3) is the headquarters in which the information (location, position and flight information) of aircraft, which are transferred through ACMI (Air Combat Manoeuvring Instrumentation), can be observed in real-time.
The tracks detected by AWACS and land radars and real-time searching, locking and shooting images of SAM and anti-aircraft systems can be observed. Also the MASE (Multi Aegis Site Emulator) Operation Centre, Anatolian Eagle sorties and daily base flights are controlled and commanded here.
The participants in Anatolian Eagle have access to a training environment within an area 300km by 400km, from ground level up to 50,000 feet. The area is located between Konya and Ankara, Konya Air Base has first class facilities as you would expect for a training facility and its geographic location keeps transit time to a minimum. During the Anatolian Eagle training the AWACS gives C2 support to Blue forces and the land radar located on the base gives GCI support to Red forces and the Turkish tanker aircrafts give AAR support to both forces.
The training area has three air-to-ground ranges at Tersakan, Koc and Karapmar which feature surface-to-air threats from SA-6, SA-8, SA-11 and ZSU 23-4 systems to provide a realistic environment for the missions to be played out against.
There are independent facilities for both Blue and Red forces with accommodation for more than 500 participants, the exercise involved around 1350 international personnel who gained experience in a highly realistic environment, exercising in uncluttered airspace offered in the range area around Konya and by the end of the exercise some 1022 missions had been flown.
During the exercise two missions were flown each day (Eagle 1 and 2) with one morning wave and an afternoon wave, each with up to 60 aircraft involved in the exercise. Throughout the missions the Turkish Air Force provided air refuelling and tactical transport with C-130 Hercules and CASA 235s. The resident search and rescue flight, 135 Filo, with its AS532UL Cougar helicopters, was on CSAR standby throughout the period.