U.S. Air Force, Indian Air Force join forces during RED FLAG-Alaska

A Sukhoi SU-30MK with the Indian Air Force taxi's down the tarmac in preparation for take-off, here, May 6, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Steven R. Doty)

A Sukhoi SU-30MK with the Indian Air Force taxi's down the tarmac in preparation for take-off, here, May 6, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Steven R. Doty)

An operations airman helps Indian Air Force pilots complete a mission brief prior to a scheduled sortie, here, May 12, 2016.(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cassandra Whitman)

An operations airman helps Indian Air Force pilots complete a mission brief prior to a scheduled sortie, here, May 12, 2016.(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cassandra Whitman)

A media pool captures images of pilots assigned to the Indian Air Force, here, May 4, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Steven R. Doty)

A media pool captures images of pilots assigned to the Indian Air Force, here, May 4, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Steven R. Doty)

A U.S. Air Force propulsion airman with the 354th Maintenance Squadron provides an overview of an F-16 engine here, May 10, 2016.(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley Taylor)

A U.S. Air Force propulsion airman with the 354th Maintenance Squadron provides an overview of an F-16 engine here, May 10, 2016.(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley Taylor)

U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Doug Palmisano, a boom operator with the 909th Air Refueling squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan, refuels an aircraft while an Indian Air Force (IAF) airman watches during an incentive flight May 10, 2016, over the skies of Alaska. Ten IAF airmen were able to view U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft being refueled. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cassandra Whitman)

U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Doug Palmisano, a boom operator with the 909th Air Refueling squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan, refuels an aircraft while an Indian Air Force (IAF) airman watches during an incentive flight May 10, 2016, over the skies of Alaska. Ten IAF airmen were able to view U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft being refueled. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cassandra Whitman)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Zachary Pletcher, the Noncommissioned Officer in Charge of Fuels Distribution for the 354th Logistics Readiness Squadron (LRS) enjoys a moment of levity with Airman 1st Class Manuel Huesca, a fuels distribution operator with the 18th LRS out of Kadena Air Base, Japan, and an Indian Air Force (IAF) airman while waiting for an IAF Jaguar aircraft with 14 Squadron deployed from Ambala Air Base, India, to finish fueling at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, May 4, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Karen J. Tomasik/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Zachary Pletcher, the Noncommissioned Officer in Charge of Fuels Distribution for the 354th Logistics Readiness Squadron (LRS) enjoys a moment of levity with Airman 1st Class Manuel Huesca, a fuels distribution operator with the 18th LRS out of Kadena Air Base, Japan, and an Indian Air Force (IAF) airman while waiting for an IAF Jaguar aircraft with 14 Squadron deployed from Ambala Air Base, India, to finish fueling at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, May 4, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Karen J. Tomasik/Released)

U.S. Air Force Technical Sergeant James Anderson, 354th Maintenance Squadron, provides insight into sheet metal operations to Airman with the Indian Air Force, here, May 10, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley Taylor)

U.S. Air Force Technical Sergeant James Anderson, 354th Maintenance Squadron, provides insight into sheet metal operations to Airman with the Indian Air Force, here, May 10, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley Taylor)

Maintainers with the 67th Maintenance Squadron, 67th Fighter Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan, and the Indian Air Force look over an F-15C Eagle as a cooperative effort to familiarize and learn about specific maintenance challenges experienced by each service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel)

Maintainers with the 67th Maintenance Squadron, 67th Fighter Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan, and the Indian Air Force look over an F-15C Eagle as a cooperative effort to familiarize and learn about specific maintenance challenges experienced by each service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel)

A Sukhoi SU-30 MKI taxi's down the tarmac. The SU-30 is a twinjet multirole air superiority fighter developed by Russia's Sukhoi and built under licence by India's Hindustan Aeronautics Limited for the Indian Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Steven R. Doty)

A Sukhoi SU-30 MKI taxi's down the tarmac. The SU-30 is a twinjet multirole air superiority fighter developed by Russia's Sukhoi and built under licence by India's Hindustan Aeronautics Limited for the Indian Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Steven R. Doty)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska --

RED FLAG-Alaska is a series of Pacific Air Forces commander-directed field training exercises for U.S. and partner nation forces, enabling joint and international units to exchange tactics, techniques and procedures while improving interoperability in a realistic threat environment.

With more than 75 aircraft and 1,400 participants, RF-A 16-1 featured a strategic -- and rare -- partnership with the Indian Air Force and two of their specific airframes; the Sukhoi SU-30MK, a twinjet multi-role air superiority fighter and the SEPECAT Jaguar, an Anglo-French jet-attack aircraft.

U.S. Air Force Colonel Brian Toth, 354th Operations Group commander, attributes participation of foreign military forces to the overall success of RF-A exercises.

“Through the initial planning meetings for each RED FLAG iteration, we discuss the end goals of each exercise and it is up to those countries’ representatives to acknowledge which missions would most benefit their particular needs at that time,” Toth said. “However, the realistic training environment we aim to provide each iteration is only made possible with the participation of our partners and the hard work they put in throughout the exercise.”