Pacific Skies 2024


Strengthening partnerships for a secure world


Pacific Skies 24 is the largest-ever air exercise held jointly by France, Germany and Spain. Dozens of fighter jets, transport aircraft and large tankers, most of them made by Airbus, are taking part in an around-the-world tour that will take them to four continents. The aim is to demonstrate Europe's commitment to the Indo-Pacific region by focusing on the importance of security cooperation between NATO partners in the region. 

The Airbus Services teams will support the global deployment of the main exercises, including Arctic Defender in Alaska (US), Pitch Black in Darwin (Australia) and Tarang Shakti I in Jodhpur, Rajasthan (India). The three air forces, which are also partners in the Future Combat Air System programme, will enhance operational capabilities and demonstrate their ability to work together during a crisis. On this page you will find information about the participating air forces, as well as the latest news, photos and videos related to this global exercise.

Eurofighter in Pacific Skies taking off | Copyright: Luftwaffe, Sherifa Kästner

Arctic Defender 24: Eurofighter symbiosis with a view


Arctic Defender, which took place from 8 to 18 July 2024 in Fairbanks, Alaska, was the first leg of one of the largest air exercises to date. René, Field Service Representative, and Sebastian, System Engineer, helped Eurofighter pilots to achieve their mission in Alaska.

Pacific Skies 2024: Record joint airlift deployment in the Asia-Pacific region


With a key participation of 40 Airbus military aircraft, the German, French and Spanish Air Forces are conducting Pacific Skies, an unprecedented joint deployment in the Asia-Pacific region to demonstrate their air power.