NATO Tiger Meet is an annual exercise that gathers squadrons sporting Tiger (or feline) emblems. Planes that attend it, usually get painted in tiger outfits. As happened during 2014 edition in Germany.
NATO Tiger Meet (NTM) is a two-week multi-national mid-size exercise that includes all types of air-to-air and air-to-ground and a wide variety of support missions, comprising CSAR and large COMAOs (Composite Air Operations).
NTM2014 (with spotters days on Jun. 19 and 23) was held at Schleswig – Jagel, in northern Germany.
Several Turkish and foreign squadron are attending Exercise Anatolian Eagle underway at Konya airbase, in Turkey.
Inspired to the American Red Flag and Maple Flag, Exercise Anatolian Eagle, hosted by the Turkish Air Force at Konya airbase, has become one of the events spotters can’t miss.
Several different air arms, with a wide variety of aircraft types are invited to attend the drills, which realize a realistic war environment, featuring numerous targets, threats and training support systems whose aim is to monitor the quality of the flying activity and test the knowledge and abilities of all participants.
The exercise includes Combined Air Operation (COMAO) by “Blue” forces on the tactical and strategic targets in “Red” lands which are defended by aggressors and SAM systems.
According to the information released by the RAF, the Typhoon aircraft, from 3 (Fighter) Squadron, were launched !after four separate groups of aircraft were detected by NATO air defences in international airspace near to the Baltic States.”
The “zombies” (how unidentified aircraft are dubbed in fighter pilots jargon), turned out to be a Tupolev Tu-22M “Backfire” bomber, four Sukhoi Su-27 ‘Flanker’ fighters, one Beriev A50 ‘Mainstay’ early warning aircraft and an Antonov An-26 ‘Curl’ transport aircraft “who appeared to be carrying out a variety of routine training,” even though the Flankers appear to be armed to the teeth, with 4x R-27 medium range and 2x R-73 short range air-to-air missiles
Ahead of the Tiger Meet later this month, Bavarian Tigers have unveiled the very first Eurofighter Typhoon in complete Tiger livery.
NATO Tiger Meet (NTM) is an annual multinational exercise that gathers squadrons sporting Tiger (or feline) emblems. Among the highlights of the meeting, is the fact that combat planes and helicopters often sport spectacular color schemes, making the event a treat for all aviation enthusiasts.
Bavarian Tigers, founded on Mar. 18, 2013, by the 741 and 742 squadrons of the German Air Force’s Jagdgeschwader 74 in Neuburg, that took over the Tiger Spirit from the 321 Squadron / Jagdbombergeschwader 32, will take part to this year’s NTM (with spotters days on Jun. 19 and 23) at Schleswig – Jagel, in northern Germany.
To celebrate the attendance to the NTM2014, the Fighterwing 74 has painted one of its Eurofighters with an awesome, flamboyant tiger outfit.
Let’s hope the cool paint job will survive at least for some mission: last year, one of the Polish Air Force F-16 Block 52+ was given a special paint, most of which, unfortunately, peeled away during the ferry flight to Orland, Norway, that hosted the NTM2013.