The United States Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa (USAFE-AFAFRICA) has announced that F-15E Strike Eagle fighter aircraft, aircrew and support personnel from Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, deployed to Powidz Air Base, Poland, to participate in exercise Rapid Panther.
According to a news release, the flying exercise demonstrates the 48th Fighter Wing’s ability to forward deploy rapidly with few aircraft and personnel to execute flying training with the Polish air force.
Exercise like this sharpen collective readiness, strengthen relationships with NATO allies and partners, and underscore U.S. commitment to regional security.
This exercise is not related to any real-world events. U.S. Air Force aircraft and personnel routinely deploy throughout the European theater to train with and support NATO allies and partners.
For reference, the F-15E Strike Eagle is a dual-role fighter designed to perform air-to-air and air-to-ground missions. An array of avionics and electronics systems gives the F-15E the capability to fight at low altitude, day or night, and in all weather.
The aircraft uses two crew members, a pilot and a weapon systems officer. Previous models of the F-15 are assigned air-to-air roles; the “E” model is a dual-role fighter. It has the capability to fight its way to a target over long ranges, destroy enemy ground positions and fight its way out.