Operation Decisive Storm

The Saudi Arabian led Sunni coalition conducting air strikes against Houthi rebels in Yemen has a pretty interesting array of aircraft.

Tony Osborne at Aviation Week has the rundown.

Bahrain has deployed between eight and 12 of its F-16s, Qatar has sent 10 of its 12 Mirage 2000s. The United Arab Emirates has deployed 30 aircraft, while Morocco and Jordan have each deployed six F-16s. Jordan’s participation is particularly noteworthy given its heavy involvement in operations against the Islamic State insurgency in Iraq and Syria. Reports state that Kuwait has sent 15 F/A-18 Hornets.

Egypt’s aerial contribution is unclear but its neighbor Sudan is perhaps the most surprising of the participants bringing with them a trio of Sukhoi Su-24 Fencers.

And of course, there is video as well.

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To say the RSAF is lavishly equipped would be almost an understatement.  The Saudis were early adopters of the F-15 Eagle, and just about the first foreign air force to fly a Strike Eagle two seat fighter bomber variant. That, their still formidable Tornado IDS fleet, and their Eurofighter Typhoons are all top of the line aircraft. And of course, the Saudis are more than willing to pay for the gas to fly a lot.

The videos are also careful to show that the operation is composed of a coalition. You’ll also note that the second video, especially, is careful to show that, but also very careful to not show the faces of any of the men in it.