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ATLANTIC TRIDENT 17: Leveraging fifth-gen capabilities

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 366th Maintenance Group at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, assists an F-15E Strike Eagle pilot at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., April 14, 2017. The U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles and T-38 Talons played the roles of adversary aircraft during the ATLANTIC TRIDENT 17 exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Tristan Biese)

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 366th Maintenance Group at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, assists an F-15E Strike Eagle pilot at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., April 14, 2017. The U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles and T-38 Talons played the roles of adversary aircraft during the ATLANTIC TRIDENT 17 exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Tristan Biese)

U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles assigned to Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, park on the flightline during ATLANTIC TRIDENT 17 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., April 14, 2017. While playing the role of adversarial aircraft during the exercise, the F-15E provides Airmen and allied partners the opportunity to experience realistic combat scenarios that enhance the ability to effectively fight together in combat environments. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Anthony Nin Leclerec)

U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles assigned to Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, park on the flightline during ATLANTIC TRIDENT 17 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., April 14, 2017. While playing the role of adversarial aircraft during the exercise, the F-15E provides Airmen and allied partners the opportunity to experience realistic combat scenarios that enhance the ability to effectively fight together in combat environments. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Anthony Nin Leclerec)

A crew chief from the 1st Maintenance Squadron 27th Aircraft Maintenance Unit performs a final checks on an F-22 Raptor during ATLANTIC TRIDENT 17 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., April 18, 2017. Approximately 225 U.S. Air Force, 175 Royal air force and 150 French air force service members participated in the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Kimberly Nagle)

A crew chief from the 1st Maintenance Squadron 27th Aircraft Maintenance Unit performs a final checks on an F-22 Raptor during ATLANTIC TRIDENT 17 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., April 18, 2017. Approximately 225 U.S. Air Force, 175 Royal air force and 150 French air force service members participated in the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Kimberly Nagle)

A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, taxis on the runway during ATLANTIC TRIDENT 17 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., April 14, 2017. The exercise honors the pilots assigned to the 27th and 94th Pursuit Squadron who flew alongside Royal air force and French air force allies for the first time 100 years ago. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Anthony Nin Leclerec)

A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, taxis on the runway during ATLANTIC TRIDENT 17 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., April 14, 2017. The exercise honors the pilots assigned to the 27th and 94th Pursuit Squadron who flew alongside Royal air force and French air force allies for the first time 100 years ago. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Anthony Nin Leclerec)

A U.S. Air Force F-35 Lightning II assigned to Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., prepares to land during ATLANTIC TRIDENT 17 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., April 16, 2017. The goal of the exercise was to enhance interoperability through combined coalition aerial campaigns. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Tristan Biese)

A U.S. Air Force F-35 Lightning II assigned to Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., prepares to land during ATLANTIC TRIDENT 17 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., April 16, 2017. The goal of the exercise was to enhance interoperability through combined coalition aerial campaigns. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Tristan Biese)

A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, arrives for ATLANTIC TRIDENT 17 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., April 14, 2017. Approximately 225 U.S. Air Force, 175 Royal air force and 150 French air force service members participated in the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Tristan Biese)

A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, arrives for ATLANTIC TRIDENT 17 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., April 14, 2017. Approximately 225 U.S. Air Force, 175 Royal air force and 150 French air force service members participated in the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Tristan Biese)

U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles assigned to Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, taxis on the runway during ATLANTIC TRIDENT 17 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., April 14, 2017. The 1st Fighter Wing hosted the exercise to focus on greater integration of the U.S. Air Force's fifth-generation capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Tristan Biese)

U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles assigned to Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, taxis on the runway during ATLANTIC TRIDENT 17 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., April 14, 2017. The 1st Fighter Wing hosted the exercise to focus on greater integration of the U.S. Air Force's fifth-generation capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Tristan Biese)

A Royal air force Eurofighter Typhoon taxis on the runway during ATLANTIC TRIDENT 17 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., April 10, 2017. U.S. Air Force Airmen worked with the Royal air force and the French air force during the exercise to enhance interoperability through combined coalition aerial campaigns. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Tristan Biese)

A Royal air force Eurofighter Typhoon taxis on the runway during ATLANTIC TRIDENT 17 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., April 10, 2017. U.S. Air Force Airmen worked with the Royal air force and the French air force during the exercise to enhance interoperability through combined coalition aerial campaigns. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Tristan Biese)

A Royal air force Eurofighter Typhoon taxis on the runway during ATLANTIC TRIDENT 17 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., April 14, 2017. The RAF participated in the exercise, which focused on operations in a highly contested operational environment through a variety of complex, simulated adversary scenarios. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Tristan Biese)

A Royal air force Eurofighter Typhoon taxis on the runway during ATLANTIC TRIDENT 17 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., April 14, 2017. The RAF participated in the exercise, which focused on operations in a highly contested operational environment through a variety of complex, simulated adversary scenarios. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Tristan Biese)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Devonte Prescott, 1st Maintenance Squadron, 27th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, awaits the go-ahead from an F-22 Raptor pilot during ATLANTIC TRIDENT 17 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., April 18, 2017. ATLANTIC TRIDENT 17 is the second trilateral exercise at JBLE where U.S. Air Force Airmen will partner with the Royal air force and the French air force. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Kimberly Nagle)
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Devonte Prescott, 1st Maintenance Squadron, 27th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, awaits the go-ahead from an F-22 Raptor pilot during ATLANTIC TRIDENT 17 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., April 18, 2017. ATLANTIC TRIDENT 17 is the second trilateral exercise at JBLE where U.S. Air Force Airmen will partner with the Royal air force and the French air force. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Kimberly Nagle)

An F-22 Raptor pilot begins to taxi before take-off during ATLANTIC TRIDENT 17 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., April 18, 2017. The goal of the AT17 was to enhance interoperability through combined coalition aerial campaigns. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Kimberly Nagle)
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An F-22 Raptor pilot begins to taxi before take-off during ATLANTIC TRIDENT 17 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., April 18, 2017. The goal of the AT17 was to enhance interoperability through combined coalition aerial campaigns. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Kimberly Nagle)

A U.S. Air Force T-38 Talon assigned to the 1st Fighter Wing at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., acts as an agressor aircraft during a training fight during ATLANTIC TRIDENT 17, April 20, 2017. ATLANTIC TRIDENT 17 is an exercise that focuses on leveraging fifth-generation fighter capabilities with partnering nations, including the United Kingdom and France. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Natasha Stannard)
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A U.S. Air Force T-38 Talon assigned to the 1st Fighter Wing at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., acts as an agressor aircraft during a training fight during ATLANTIC TRIDENT 17, April 20, 2017. ATLANTIC TRIDENT 17 is an exercise that focuses on leveraging fifth-generation fighter capabilities with partnering nations, including the United Kingdom and France. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Natasha Stannard)

U.S. Air Force T-38 Talons from the 1st Fighter Wing participate ATLANTIC TRIDENT 17 as aggressors at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., April 20, 2017. The aggressors act as enemy fighters creating barriers that limit U.S. and allied efforts. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Natasha Stannard)
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U.S. Air Force T-38 Talons from the 1st Fighter Wing participate ATLANTIC TRIDENT 17 as aggressors at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., April 20, 2017. The aggressors act as enemy fighters creating barriers that limit U.S. and allied efforts. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Natasha Stannard)

A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II, assigned to Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., lands on the flightline during ATLANTIC TRIDENT 17 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., April 17, 2017. Adding the F-35A to the training increased capabilities and added another technologically advanced fighter to the allied airpower capability. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Anthony Nin Leclerec)
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A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II, assigned to Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., lands on the flightline during ATLANTIC TRIDENT 17 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., April 17, 2017. Adding the F-35A to the training increased capabilities and added another technologically advanced fighter to the allied airpower capability. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Anthony Nin Leclerec)

A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor, lands during ATLANTIC TRIDENT 17 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., April 17, 2017. The exercise focused on operations in a highly contested operational environment through a variety of complex, simulated adversary scenarios. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Anthony Nin Leclerec)
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A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor, lands during ATLANTIC TRIDENT 17 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., April 17, 2017. The exercise focused on operations in a highly contested operational environment through a variety of complex, simulated adversary scenarios. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Anthony Nin Leclerec)

A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor, flies during ATLANTIC TRIDENT 17 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., April 17, 2017. The F-22, which is capable of receiving information from a multitude of airborne and ground based platforms, directs other assets to aid in mission success or away from potential threats. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Anthony Nin Leclerec)
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A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor, flies during ATLANTIC TRIDENT 17 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., April 17, 2017. The F-22, which is capable of receiving information from a multitude of airborne and ground based platforms, directs other assets to aid in mission success or away from potential threats. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Anthony Nin Leclerec)

A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, lands on the flightline during ATLANTIC TRIDENT 17 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., April 14, 2017. The F-15E and T-38 Talon pilots acted as adversaries during combat training missions where they have the upper-hand, creating barriers that limit U.S. and allied efforts. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Anthony Nin Leclerec)
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A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, lands on the flightline during ATLANTIC TRIDENT 17 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., April 14, 2017. The F-15E and T-38 Talon pilots acted as adversaries during combat training missions where they have the upper-hand, creating barriers that limit U.S. and allied efforts. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Anthony Nin Leclerec)

U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles assigned to Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, prepare to land during ATLANTIC TRIDENT 17 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., April 14, 2017. The exercise allows 27th and 94th Fighter Squadrons the opportunity to team with French and British allies and prepare them for threats. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Anthony Nin Leclerec)
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U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles assigned to Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, prepare to land during ATLANTIC TRIDENT 17 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., April 14, 2017. The exercise allows 27th and 94th Fighter Squadrons the opportunity to team with French and British allies and prepare them for threats. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Anthony Nin Leclerec)

A Royal air force Eurofighter Typhoon, taxis on the runway during ATLANTIC TRIDENT 17 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis April 10, 2017. The exercise was designed to encourage sharing tactics, techniques and procedures with French air force and RAF partners against a range of potential threats, while leveraging U.S. Air Force fifth-generation capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Anthony Nin Leclerec)
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A Royal air force Eurofighter Typhoon, taxis on the runway during ATLANTIC TRIDENT 17 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis April 10, 2017. The exercise was designed to encourage sharing tactics, techniques and procedures with French air force and RAF partners against a range of potential threats, while leveraging U.S. Air Force fifth-generation capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Anthony Nin Leclerec)

A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor takes off during ATLANTIC TRIDENT 17 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., April 20, 2017. This exercise provides Airmen and international partners an opportunity to experience realistic combat scenarios that enhance their ability to effectively fight together in today’s environments. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Tristan Biese)
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A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor takes off during ATLANTIC TRIDENT 17 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., April 20, 2017. This exercise provides Airmen and international partners an opportunity to experience realistic combat scenarios that enhance their ability to effectively fight together in today’s environments. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Tristan Biese)

A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, takes off for ATLANTIC TRIDENT 17 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., April 20, 2017. The exercise aims to allow sharing and development of techniques, tactics and procedures between U.S. Air Force, French air force, and Royal air force frontline fighters in order to fly, fight and win in modern highly-contested environments. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Tristan Biese)
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A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, takes off for ATLANTIC TRIDENT 17 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., April 20, 2017. The exercise aims to allow sharing and development of techniques, tactics and procedures between U.S. Air Force, French air force, and Royal air force frontline fighters in order to fly, fight and win in modern highly-contested environments. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Tristan Biese)

A U.S. Air Force F-35 Lightning II assigned to Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., takes off during ATLANTIC TRIDENT 17 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., April 20, 2017. The exercise simulates a highly-contested and operationally-limited environment where U.S. and partner pilots, along with their ground crews, can test their readiness. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Tristan Biese)
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A U.S. Air Force F-35 Lightning II assigned to Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., takes off during ATLANTIC TRIDENT 17 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., April 20, 2017. The exercise simulates a highly-contested and operationally-limited environment where U.S. and partner pilots, along with their ground crews, can test their readiness. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Tristan Biese)

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. --

The 1st Fighter Wing is on its second week of ATLANTIC TRIDENT 17, an exercise at at Joint Base Langley-Eustis focusing on leveraging fifth-generation fighter capabilities with partnering nations.

For the past week, U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor and F-35A Lightning II pilots have flown combat training missions with Royal air force Typhoon Eurofighter and French air force Dassault Rafale pilots to develop tactics, techniques and procedures to defeat adversaries around the world.

These anti-access/aerial denial missions, or A2AD, utilize U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle and T-38 Talon pilots as adversaries. The nature of A2AD missions provide a highly-contested environment where adversaries have the upper-hand, creating barriers that limit U.S. and allied efforts.

This month marks the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entering WWI. Col. Peter Fesler, 1st FW commander, said he looks forward to the opportunity of training with the nation’s longest-standing allies.

 “We’ve been side-by-side together, the Brits, the French and the Americans in air combat,” said Fesler. “This exercise is an extension of that. I think this is an opportunity for us to continue to refine our skills, our tactics, techniques and procedures to fight the war that we all know is coming. We don’t know where, we don’t know when; but we know it’s coming, and we’ve got to be ready to fight together.”



In addition to the A2AD training, the U.S. Air Force and French air force are scheduled to display their capabilities with aerial demonstrations provided by the F-22 Demo Team and the Patrouille de France.

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