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Green Shield - الاخضر شيلد
 
Mirage 2000-5F - 41/102-FZ - EC 01.002 - French Air Force   F-15C Eagle - 512 - 5 Squadron - Royal Saudi Air Force   Mirage 2000-5F - 71/102-EE - EC 01.002 - French Air Force   Alpha Jet E - E151/2-FD - EE 02.002 - French Air Force
 
F-15D Eagle - 533 - 5 Squadron - Royal Saudi Air Force   F-15C Eagle - 512 - 5 Squadron - Royal Saudi Air Force   Alpha Jet E - E26/102-ND - EE 02.002 - French Air Force   F-15C Eagle - 506 - 5 Squadron - Royal Saudi Air Force
 
Mirage 2000-5F - 47/102-EP - EC 01.002 - French Air Force
 
F-15C Eagle - 506 - 5 Squadron - Royal Saudi Air Force   Mirage 2000-5F - 58/102-EL - EC 01.002 - French Air Force   Mirage 2000-5F - 47/102-EP - EC 01.002 - French Air Force   F-15C Eagle - 506 - 5 Squadron - Royal Saudi Air Force
 
Mirage 2000-5F - 56/102-EG - EC 01.002 - French Air Force   F-15C Eagle - 510 - 5 Squadron - Royal Saudi Air Force   F-15C Eagle - 510 - 5 Squadron - Royal Saudi Air Force   Alpha Jet E - E86/102-FB - EE 02.002 - French Air Force
 

Green Shield - الاخضر شيلد,

Words and photography Michael van der Mee and Nico van Remmerden.

From October 5 until 16, 2009 the annual Franco-Saudi Green Shield (Bouclier Vert, in French) exersice took place. This time hosted on Base Aérienne 102 Dijon in France. The Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) deployed 6 F-15 Eagles and almost 175 personel from 5 Squadron to the French Air Base, marking the first deployement of the RSAF to the European Continent.

The French Air Force (Armee de l'Air) participated with Escadron de Chasse 01.002 Cigognes (Storks) and the Alpha Jets of Escadron d'Entraînement 02.002 "Côte d'Or" (Gold Coast), both based at Dijon. Other participants were Rafales of EC 01.007 "Provence" based at Saint-Dizier, an E-3F AWACS of from Avord, that flew from their respective home bases. An EC725 Caracal, two Gazelles and a Puma were deployed to Dijon.

The objective of Green Flag is to devellop interoperability, compare skills and share working methods of the two Air Forces. Next to that strengthening the bilateral Franco-Saudi ties and friendship between the two Nations is also of great importance. During Green Flag, two missions were planned every day (one in the morning and afternoon). Two F-15s, two Mirage 2000-5F and Alpha Jets flew joint missions during the various scenarios. With the Rafales playing the so called "bad guys". Later in the exersice Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) missions were flown where the Mirages and F-15s flew Combat Air Patrols covering the EC 725 Caracal helicopters who peformed the actual extraction of the downed pilot(s).

The Royal Saudi Air Force operates a total of more then 150 F-15 Eagles, of wich 80+ F-15C/D Eagles in the Air Defence Role and 70+ F-15S Strike Eagles in the Air to Ground role. The F-15C/D's are partially of a 41 aircraft "emergency" delivery, during the First Gulf War, when the United States Air Forces Europe 32nd Fighter Group from Soesterberg and 36th Fighter Wing from Bitburg, both delivered 12 Eagles from their operational stock to boost the RSAF Air Defense capabilities.

The Mirage 2000 is in service since 1982 and is operated in 3 versions with the AdlA; the Mirage 2000C (and -5) Air Defense, the -2000D in the interdiction Strike role and the -2000N in the Nuclear role. The Dijon Based EC 01.002 operates the Mirage 2000-5, a modified version of the Mirage 2000C Air Defense Fighter that is in service with the AdlA since 2000, mainly as a stopgap for the arrival of the Rafale.

F-15C Eagle - 505 - 5 Squadron - Royal Saudi Air Force
 
F-15D Eagle - 533 - 5 Squadron - Royal Saudi Air Force   F-15C Eagle - 510 - 5 Squadron - Royal Saudi Air Force   Alpha Jet E - E26/102-ND - EE 02.002 - French Air Force   F-15C Eagle - 506 - 5 Squadron - Royal Saudi Air Force
 
F-15C Eagle - 512 - 5 Squadron - Royal Saudi Air Force   Alpha Jet E - E105/102-FM - EE 02.002 - French Air Force   Mirage 2000-5F - 41/102-FZ - EC 01.002 - French Air Force   Mirage 2000-5F - 41/102-FZ - EC 01.002 - French Air Force
 
Mirage 2000-5F - 56/102-EG - EC 01.002 - French Air Force
 
Mirage 2000-5F - 47/102-EP - EC 01.002 - French Air Force   Mirage 2000-5F - 58/102-EL - EC 01.002 - French Air Force   Mirage 2000-5F - 47/102-EP - EC 01.002 - French Air Force   F-15C Eagle - 505 - 5 Squadron - Royal Saudi Air Force
 
F-15C Eagle - 510 - 5 Squadron - Royal Saudi Air Force   F-15C Eagle - 501 - 5 Squadron - Royal Saudi Air Force   F-15C Eagle - 506 - 5 Squadron - Royal Saudi Air Force   F-15C Eagle - 506 - 5 Squadron - Royal Saudi Air Force
 
F-15C Eagle - 506 - 5 Squadron - Royal Saudi Air Force
 
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