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More Jets, Jamming Make Air Force’s Toughest War Game Even Tougher

Posted March 07, 2013 9:56 AM

The world's most difficult air-war simulation just got a lot tougher.

The Air Force's Red Flag war game, held several times a year since 1975 at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, has added much more powerful "enemy" defenses. Among them: more opposition "Red Force" jet fighters and electronic jamming capable of interrupting satellite-based communications and GPS navigation, all in what a Nellis spokesman called a "contested, degraded and operationally limited environment." For the first time, the good guys in the three-week combat simulation - the "Blue Force" - must gather actual intelligence on ground targets before unleashing mock attacks, a task previously performed for them by exercise managers.

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