Royal Saudi Air Force carries out joint exercises with UK’s RAF

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A joint exercise between the Saudi Royal Air Force and the UK’s Royal Air Force — called ‘Saudi British Green Flag 2018’ — got underway this weekend at the King Fahad Air Base. (SPA)
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A joint exercise between the Saudi Royal Air Force and the UK’s Royal Air Force — called ‘Saudi British Green Flag 2018’ — got underway this weekend at the King Fahad Air Base. (SPA)
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A joint exercise between the Saudi Royal Air Force and the UK’s Royal Air Force — called ‘Saudi British Green Flag 2018’ — got underway this weekend at the King Fahad Air Base. (SPA)
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A joint exercise between the Saudi Royal Air Force and the UK’s Royal Air Force — called ‘Saudi British Green Flag 2018’ — got underway this weekend at the King Fahad Air Base. (SPA)
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A joint exercise between the Saudi Royal Air Force and the UK’s Royal Air Force — called ‘Saudi British Green Flag 2018’ — got underway this weekend at the King Fahad Air Base. (SPA)
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A joint exercise between the Saudi Royal Air Force and the UK’s Royal Air Force — called ‘Saudi British Green Flag 2018’ — got underway this weekend at the King Fahad Air Base. (SPA)
Updated 28 November 2018
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Royal Saudi Air Force carries out joint exercises with UK’s RAF

JEDDAH: The Green Flag Exercise for 2018, carried out by the Saudi and British air forces, began on Sunday at King Fahd Air Base in Taif, and will continue through Dec. 11.
The exercise aims to improve the overall combat readiness of the Saudi Air Force and increase the capacities of crews and personnel through a series of training flights of varying complexity. It allows both forces to share technical knowledge and learn about how the other operates.

Maj. Gen. Haidar bin Rafie Al-Omari, commander of the air base and the exercise, said it is a critical part of this year’s training plan for the armed forces.
“The Green Flag Exercise involves all our air force combat systems supporting Operation Decisive Storm and Operation Restoring Hope (in Yemen),” he added. 
“The British Royal Air Force aims to integrate all combat systems, including air combat, air support and electronic warfare, and especially how to use them against the enemy’s land defense systems for maximum operational efficiency.”
Col. Khalid bin Yusuf Al-Yusuf, who is overseeing the exercise, said it covers a range of tactics such as electronic warfare, electronic jamming, ground forces support and avoiding land-based threats. 
“All these scenarios take place in a real combat environment, ensuring true-to-life conditions for best results,” he added.


Youth pillars of reform plan, future of Saudi Arabia

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Youth pillars of reform plan, future of Saudi Arabia

  • A survey last year showed that 92 percent of young Saudis interviewed expressed a positive view of the outcome of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s Vision 2030

RIYADH: Young people in Saudi Arabia are the pillars of the country’s reform plan and the future of the Kingdom, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported Prince Abdul Aziz bin Turki Al-Faisal as saying.
The prince said that 70 percent of the country’s population were aged between 15 and 35, and that young people and sports were two key elements of the Vision 2030 reform plan.
“We rely heavily on the programs offered by the state in various fields of sports, the arts and entertainment for young men and women, and I hope that we always offer the best to Saudi Arabia, the Arab world and the Islamic world.”
The prince was in Cairo, attending a meeting of the Council of Arab Ministers of Youth and Sports. He said in a press statement that the Kingdom put forward many proposals throughout the year and that ministries responded positively to youth activities. 
“The Kingdom has responded positively to many of the resolutions recommended during the meeting,” he said, adding that he hoped Arab youths would benefit from the outcome of these recommendations and meetings.
SPA reported last week that young Saudis were being trained to deal with the international media as part of a project to promote the Kingdom around the world.
A survey last year showed that 92 percent of young Saudis interviewed expressed a positive view of the outcome of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s Vision 2030.