NATO Tiger Squadrons meet to train together.

NATO Tiger Meet 2018 Poland
NATO Tiger Meet 2018 kicks off in Poland.

The international NATO Tiger Meet 2018 (NTM18) began on May 14 and will run until May 25 at the  Polish Air Force 2nd Tactical Air Wing at Krzesiny Air Base near Poznan, Poland. 

Twenty-two flying squadrons from Allies Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom and Partners Austria and Switzerland as well as a NATO Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) plane – in total approx. 70 aircraft and ten helicopters – to take part in this largest air training event of the Polish Air Force in 2018.

Since the 1960s, the training of "Tiger Squadrons”, i.e. aircraft and helicopter squadrons featuring a tiger in their patch is organised annually by the NATO Tiger Association in liaison with one of its member squadrons. The training applies NATO standards bringing together Allied and Partner aircraft for two weeks of live-flying in highly sophisticated, challenging scenarios. The multinational and joint training environment further increases flying skills, friendship and Partner relations among squadrons.

The NATO Tiger Meet is one of the most important air meets at the tactical level for NATO and Partner air forces. The varied mix of aircraft and nations allows participants to improve their tactics, techniques and procedures and takes interoperability to the next level.

Source: NATO Aircom
Images: David Goovaerts and NATO Aircom

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