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A Turkish Air Force taking off from Konya Air Base, Turkey, during Exercise Anatolian Eagle 2014.

Riyadh- Saudi royal air forces are trying to prove their expertise in realistic warfare environment through the “Anatolian Eagle 4” multilateral military maneuvers launched on Monday in the Turkish city of Konya.

The 20-day-long maneuvers enlist air forces from 11 countries, including Saudi Arabia, U.S., Germany, and Qatar and are to last until June 10.

The exercises are said to be one of the biggestof their kind in the world.

In a statement to highlight the Saudi participation in the drill, Col. Staff Ali bin Dhafer al-Omari, Commander of the Saudi Royal Air forces group, said that it is the second time Saudi air forces, which are taking part in the drill for the fourth time in a row, participate with the Tornado fighters in this event.

The Saudi Arabian air force has dispatched a number of its Tornado warplanes to multinational aerial war games underway in Turkey.

The fighters flew to the Konya Air Base in the southern Turkish city of Konya on Tuesday to join the so-called Anatolian Eagle maneuvers.

Commander Omari was at the reception accompanied by a number of other commanders.

Al-Omari said the joint exercise aims to improve the skills of all military and administrative personnel as well as technicians.

Al-Omari added that all personnel have arrived fully prepared from King Abdulaziz Airbase to participate in the exercises. He added that the RSAF is participating in one of the most important military training and that everything was professionally prepared following safety rules.

“Anatolian Eagle” military training and maneuvers are worldly renowned for professionalism and defense and attack exercises.

In addition to that, they are also known for the engaging operations and cooperation between air forces during military operations.

It is only one of dozens of trainings, military exercises, and maneuvers that RSAF participated in the last few years. Analysts believe that this shows seriousness in dealing with international threats.

Training Center of these maneuvers is the best and only center in Europe that can mimic an actual war zone; trainings vary from simple air wars to more complex ones at the end of the sessions.

By participating with a number of neighboring countries, RSAF aims to improve its expertise in international maneuvers as well as enrich and increase cooperation among international forces.

Not to forget the exchange of military experiences in order to meet the needs of joint military actions.

RSAF has advanced technologies that enable its staff and pilots of reaching the highest levels of professionalism.

By participating in “Anatolian Eagle 4”, RSAF benefits from change of environment and weather that enriches its staff experience in dealing with situations under all circumstances.