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U.S. and Royal Saudi air forces continue counter-UAS partnership

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon lands on the runway at Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, after participating in a combined counter-unmanned aerial systems training operation with Royal Saudi aircraft, July 29, 2021. The event tested the ability of U.S. and Royal Saudi forces to collaboratively track and destroy a simulated invading UAS within regional airspace, continuing to demonstrate the shared focus on the security of regional airspace. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Samuel Earick)

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon lands on the runway at Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, after participating in a combined counter-unmanned aerial systems training operation with Royal Saudi aircraft, July 29, 2021. The event tested the ability of U.S. and Royal Saudi forces to collaboratively track and destroy a simulated invading UAS within regional airspace, continuing to demonstrate the shared focus on the security of regional airspace. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Samuel Earick)

Two U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons taxi on the runway at Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, after participating in a combined counter-unmanned aerial systems training operation with Royal Saudi aircraft, July 29, 2021. The event was part of an ongoing series of integration missions between U.S. Air Force Central and partner nations to ensure the security and stability of regional airspace. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Samuel Earick)

Two U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons taxi on the runway at Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, after participating in a combined counter-unmanned aerial systems training operation with Royal Saudi aircraft, July 29, 2021. The event was part of an ongoing series of integration missions between U.S. Air Force Central and partner nations to ensure the security and stability of regional airspace. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Samuel Earick)

Two U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons taxi on the runway at Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, after participating in a combined counter-unmanned aerial systems training operation with Royal Saudi aircraft, July 29, 2021. The event tested the ability of U.S. and Royal Saudi forces to collaboratively track and destroy a simulated invading UAS within regional airspace, continuing to demonstrate the shared focus on the security of regional airspace. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Samuel Earick)

Two U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons taxi on the runway at Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, after participating in a combined counter-unmanned aerial systems training operation with Royal Saudi aircraft, July 29, 2021. The event tested the ability of U.S. and Royal Saudi forces to collaboratively track and destroy a simulated invading UAS within regional airspace, continuing to demonstrate the shared focus on the security of regional airspace. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Samuel Earick)

Two U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons taxi on the runway at Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, after participating in a combined counter-unmanned aerial systems training operation with Royal Saudi aircraft, July 29, 2021. Protecting U.S. and allied forces against UAS continues to be a top priority in the U.S. Central Command theater of operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Samuel Earick)

Two U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons taxi on the runway at Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, after participating in a combined counter-unmanned aerial systems training operation with Royal Saudi aircraft, July 29, 2021. Protecting U.S. and allied forces against UAS continues to be a top priority in the U.S. Central Command theater of operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Samuel Earick)

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Protecting U.S. and allied forces against unmanned aerial system attacks continues to be a top priority in the U.S. Central Command theater of operations.   

In response, U.S. Air Forces Central and partner nations are continuing an ongoing series of integration missions through the summer of 2021.

On July 29, U.S. and Royal Saudi aircraft participated in a combined training operation to evaluate their ability to collaboratively track and destroy a simulated invading UAS within regional airspace.

“Protecting U.S., Coalition and partner nation forces by countering the UAS threat remains a critical concern across the region,” said Col. Matt Dietz, U.S. AFCENT Director of Operations. “Our Saudi Arabian partners share that concern, and together we’re building on previous training to develop an effective, collaborative capability to protect our common interests.”

U.S. AFCENT works closely with partner nations to ensure the security and stability of regional airspace.