Royal Saudi Air Force deploys to Sudan

The Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) has deployed four Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4s and four F-15C Eagles to Merowe Air Base, Sudan, for a joint exercise, which is scheduled to run from March 29 to April 12. Sudanese Air Force participants were to include more than two dozen fighters, including MiG-29s and unspecified Sukhoi jets. Sudan has both the Su-24 Fencer and Su-25 Frogfoot in service.

Merowe, situated around 210 miles (340km) north of Khartoum, does not have any resident units, but regularly sees detachment of Sudanese fighters. Officials said they had been planning the exercise for almost a year, following a proposal put forward by Saudi Arabia. It marks the first such joint training to take place between the two countries since Sudan broke its ties with Iran and allied with Saudi Arabia in 2015. At that time, Sudan also joined the Saudi-led Arab coalition fighting Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen.

The exercise was intended to improve the operational capabilities of both air forces, promote co-operation and enhance operational capabilities.