Arab Emirates not only attracted the
Lockheed Martin F-22 to the Dubai Air Show, but also staged perhaps the first
mock dogfights between F-22s, Dassault Rafales and Eurofighter Typhoons.
In parallel with the air show, the advanced tactical
leadership course at Al Dhafra air base near Abu Dhabi hosted a five-nation fighter
exercise, according to the UK Royal Air Force.
the UK and the US each sent six of their top-line fighters to
the exercise, and those were joined by jets from the UAE and Pakistan. The Abu Dhabi manoeuvres marked the first publicly-known event
where the F-22 met Europe's two most advanced
The Rafale previously flew against USAF Boeing F-15Cs during
the Red Flag exercise at Nellis AFB in August 2008. The USAF, however, withheld
the F-22 from the Red Flag manoeuvres, which also included South Korean F-15Ks
and Indian Air Force Su-30MKIs.