RAF Vice-Marshal Harvey Smyth recently tried his hand at flying Czech Gripen, reports Denik.cz.
His flight was a part of his visit at the Caslav Air Base ahead of the Central Hawk, a joint exercise between the Czech Air Force and the Royal Air Force. Participating aircraft included Czech Gripen, British Hawk T1, and L-159 ALCA. The British Hawk usually performs the task of an aggressor during the exercise.
Central Hawk lasts for two weeks. During the first week, Czech and British pilots perform various combat training tasks. In the second week, the participants support the ongoing Ample Strike exercise.
The exercise helps the participants to gain insights from each other's experiences and develop interoperability. "Central Hawk 2018 is an excellent example of a mutually beneficial cooperation. It brings us an opportunity to improve our skills, exchange our knowledge and experience, and make new contacts, "said Major Tomas Merta, the Czech Deputy Exercise Director.
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