More than 250 airmen and 14 F-16s from Aviano AB, Italy, trained with Spanish airmen and fighters at Zaragoza AB, Spain. This training is an annual event to help improve interoperability with these NATO partners, according to Aviano’s April 1 release. Members of Aviano’s 510th Fighter Squadron took part in air-to-air training drills with Spanish F-18s and EF-2000 Eurofighters and also conducted air-to-ground training, including close air support and large-force employment, states the release. “The training allows the pilots to employ full-scale heavyweight training munitions, as well as fly against different airframes, which helps expand the corporate combat knowledge of the squadron,” said Capt. Seth Taylor, 510th FS project officer. The Aviano contingent returned home on March 27. (Aviano report by SrA. Michael Battles)
Rumored cuts to the F-35 from the fiscal 2025 defense budget—six from Air Force plans—would not be offset by recent Foreign Military Sales, and will disrupt ongoing Lot 19 negotiations, Pentagon and industry sources said.