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Re-formed Typhoon squadron completes first bomb training exercise

Posted 10 April 2013 · Add Comment

The Royal Air Force's 6 Squadron, based at RAF Leuchars, has continued to develop the multi-role capability of Typhoon by dropping inert Paveway II bombs for the first time from the Tranche 2 version of the combat aircraft.

Pilots embarked on a series of training sorties over Cape Wrath Range last week to deliver this air-to-surface capability as part of ‘combat ready’ training work-up sorties.

It is the first time that 6 Squadron has dropped a bomb since it was re-formed at RAF Leuchars in 2010 as a frontline Typhoon Squadron.

Officer Commanding 6 Squadron, Wing Commander Mike Baulkwill said: “The successful delivery of Paveway II from a Tranche 2 Typhoon is another step forward in the development of the platform’s multi-role combat capability. 

“The last time 6 Squadron as a whole conducted end-to-end air-to-surface weapons training would have been when the squadron was flying Jaguars, a fitting return to bombing for the ‘flying can-openers’.

“Given the previous air defence role of the station, I also suspect that it has been a long time since a Leuchars-based squadron has delivered a bomb.”  

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