Saudi Arabia’s Defense Ministry announced that a multinational joint air exercise, with the participation of several Arab countries, had been launched in Al Kharj in central Saudi Arabia. According to the statement issued by the defense ministry, the exercise is being undertaken at the Prince Sultan Air Base.
It was also announced that the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Oman, Jordan, and Egypt are among the participating countries while Kuwait and Bahrain are present at the exercise as observers. The two-week exercise was given the name of Tuwaiq 2.
Lieutenant Colonel Mohammed Ibrahim bin Sufyan, who commands the exercise, stated that the exercise would be carried out in different stages, including planning and implementing flights. With the exercise, it is aimed to boost “the operational and training readiness for tactical airdrops and raise the spirit of competition among the participants,” he added.
A similar exercise was jointly carried out by the Saudi Air Force and Greece’s Hellenic Air Force at the King Faisal Air Base located in the Saudi province of Tabuk. Named as Falcon Eye 2, the two-week military drill came as part of ongoing efforts for strengthening the bilateral ties between the two countries. In March, the two countries carried out a joint air exercise on the Greek island of Crete.