Exercise Eager Tiger brings together Jordanian F-16s, American F-16s, F-18s

Exercise Eager Tiger 2014 saw U.S. F-16s and F-18s train together with local military in Jordan

Previously known as Eager Lion or Falcon Air Meet, Exercise Eager Tiger 2014 brought together U.S. and Jordanian squadrons to enhance interoperability and relationship while training to fight in the Middle East, were tension remains hight.

Since the first edition in 2004, the exercise has been the premier tactical air exercise of U.S. Air Forces Central Command with the Jordan military.

The large-force exercise with the Jordan, saw U.S. Air Force F-16s and U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18s practice their defensive counter air (DCA) measures in simulated scenarios including QRA (Quick Reaction Alert) scrambles and aircraft’s weapons-loading events.

Eager Tiger formation

U.S. units deployed to Jordan were 13th Fighter Squadron from Misawa Air Base, Japan, and Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 314 (VMFA-314) from MCAS (Marine Corps Air Station) Miramar, in California.

Exercise Eager Tiger 2014

The drills also included Special operations featuring Service members from the Royal Jordanian Armed Forces unloading from AS332 Super Puma and UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters escorted by AH-1 Cobra attack choppers during a first-run attack.

Exercise Eager Tiger 2014

Image credit: U.S. Air Force


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