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Watch Algerian MiG-25 Foxbats taking part in Joint Air Defense Exercise with NATO Fighters

From time to time, Algerian Foxbats participate in joint exercises with NATO-members.

Brought to my attention by Kheiro Hussein, a reader of The Aviation Geek Club, the interesting photo in this post was taken on Oct. 10, 2010 and shows a French Airbus A310 being intercepted by an Algerian MiG-25PDS during Air Defense Exercise “Circaete 2010.”

The following video instead was filmed during “Circaete 2011” and features Mirage 2000 (France), F-5F (Tunisia) Su-30 and MiG-25 (Algeria) intercepting a French Air Force CASA CN 235 which was supposed to act as hijacked airliner.

“It’s interesting to note that the MiG-25 was forced to pull out its landing gear to be able to stay in formation with the French CASA,” Hussein pointed out.

Noteworthy Spanish Air Force F-18 and Eurofighter aircraft took part in Circaete 2011 too.

As we have recently explained, from time to time, Algerian Foxbats participate in joint exercises with NATO-members.

Having signed contract in 1978, Algeria was the first export customer for MiG-25 Foxbat.

Even though the country’s MiG-25s are meanwhile quite dated, Algerian Air Force’s 120th Squadron is still operational and keeping two MiG-25PDS’ each on alert at Bechar, Tindouf and Ouragla until today.

Photo credit: French Air Force

Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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