18 days, 12 Nations, 4000 participants, "Reliable Sword" is the certification exercise for 11th Dutch Airmobile Brigade in it's NATO Response Force role. Dutch CH47 and German UH-1 helicopters support red and green barets while invading the fromer "ENKA" factory in Ede.
Purchased in 1897 and located just north of MoD Boscombe Down is UK's DTE SP (Defense Training Estate Salisbury Plain). With 150 square miles it's the UK's largest military training area and is used by Army, Navy and RAF.
After a long and impressive career RAF Hercules XV295 was retired by the end of October 2013. Alfakilo visits RAF Northolt to whiteness it's final public appearance during the bi-annual nightshoot.
Alfakilo visits the 2013 Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition at Malaysia's most northwestern Island. The upcoming requirement to replace the remaining fleet of Mig.29N aircraft makes Malaysia's pending Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MRCA) competition attracting attention.
During the summer of 2012 Landstuhl based company C, 1st battalion, 214th aviation regiment deployed to Holland twice. Operating out of Dutch base Gilze-Rijen they trained their Medivac skills during exercise "Wolf King". Alfakilo joins them during the preparation and exercise.