During a particular flight, the Armé de l’Aire (AdA) “Falcon 2000” flew over part of the airspace of France, Spain, Portugal, Morocco and Algeria, escorted by about a dozen fighter aircraft: French Rafale and Mirage 2000, Spanish F-18, Portuguese F-16, Moroccan Mirage MF2000 and F-5, Algerian MiG-29 and Su-30.
According to the scenario established this year by France, the Falcon 2000 simulated a non-military aerial threat that each nation has to intercept over its own territory. The goal was for each participant to practice the process of coordination of Permanent Security Position (PPS in French) in their respective national territories, as well as procedures for intercepting aircraft.
This year, the Tango Scramble mission for the “5 +5 Defence” group, as well as structures of command and control (C2), in particular the National Air Operations Centre of Lyon Mont-Verdun in France, created the scenario to train together and interact in real terms and operational tempo for it’s members.
Circaète 2013 is the 7th annual Air Security exercise as part of the initiative “5 +5 Defence”. Launched in 2004, this group consists of ten nations in the Western Mediterranean: five countries on the southern shore (Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Tunisia) and five countries of the northern shore (Spain, France, Italy, Malta and Portugal ).
In nearly ten years, the group “5 +5 Defence” has become an effective forum for multilateral defense cooperation in the Western Mediterranean.