The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) is deploying its aircraft and personnel at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, in preparation for Exercise Red Flag, which begins on 21 February 2010.

The US Air Force’s most advanced international air combat training activity, Exercise Red Flag will involve a series of air combat scenarios to test operational air and ground crews to the highest level.

The RAAF will deploy eight F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet aircraft and nearly 150 air force personnel from No 77 Squadron at RAAF Base Williamtown, NSW.

During the two-week exercise, which ends on 5 March, RAAF forces will join personnel from the US, UK and Canada.

Exercise Red Flag will include flying Strike, Electronic Warfare, Tactical Transport, Fighter Escort, Airborne Warning and Control exercise, by air forces from different countries.

The exercise will also include air-to-air refuelling aircraft against dedicated defensive fighter aircraft and an extensive range of simulated surface to air threats.

Red Flag is organised by the USAF Warfare Centre and Nellis, through the 414th Combat Training Squadron.

The exercise will be conducted on the 15,000mi² Nevada Test and Training Range, north of Las Vegas.