The United States (US) is conducting a 2-week long 'Red Flag 19 military exercise' from 3rd March to 16th March 2019.
Exercise Red Flag gives aircraft crews an opportunity to experience advanced, relevant, and realistic combat-like situations in a controlled environment to increase their survivability in actual combat operations.
Exercise Red Flag is an advanced aerial combat training exercise held several times a year by the United States Air Force. The exercise offers realistic air-combat training for military pilots and other flight crew members from the U.S., NATO, and other allied countries.
Exercise Red Flag is held every year at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.
Exercise Red Flag began in the year 1975. The origin of the exercise is traced to the unacceptable performance of U.S. Air Force fighter pilots and weapon systems officers (WSO) in air combat maneuvering (ACM) (air-to-air combat) during the Vietnam War.
Exercise Red Flag brings together aircrews from the United States Air Force (USAF), United States Navy (USN), United States Marine Corps (USMC), United States Army (USA) and numerous NATO and other allied nations’ air forces. In a typical Red Flag exercise, Blue Forces engage Red Forces in realistic combat situations.