The US Air Force has deployed 12 F-22 Raptors and 150 airmen to participate in the air force’s first joint training exercise, Global Gem.

The F-22 Raptors deployed are from the 43rd Fighter Squadron at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida.

Members of the 389th and 43rd Fighter Squadrons will perform the training, which began on 31 July 2010 and will continue to 2 September 2010.

During the training, the air force will fly F-15E Strike Eagles against F-22s as an adversary, or red air, as well as alongside the aircraft in a friendly blue air mission.

The F-22’s high-powered engine will provide high thrust-weight ratio for manoeuvrability, while its integrated avionics will provide sensor sweep and low observability during the exercise.

The local area will be ideal for such specialised training as the airspace and terrain will allow the F-22 to employ air-to-air and air-to-ground capabilities in mountainous areas.