The United States Navy’s F/A-18 Super Hornet is being tested at the Northrop-Grumman test facility at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland.
The planes are expected to take part in the annual test of the Super Hornets ability to fight off incoming missiles and cruise missiles.
This will mark the first time the Super Hornets will be used in the skies of Europe, where they are stationed.
The Navy will be using the F-22 Raptor as the test aircraft, which will be capable of flying to intercept cruise missiles and other threats.
The F-18s are being developed by Lockheed Martin.
The Raptor, which can fly to intercept and destroy cruise missiles, has been in service since 1997.
The F-15E and F-17s will be flying with the F/F-22s, while the F -18s will fly with the Super Docks.
The Super Hornett test is being conducted in preparation for the F35A Joint Strike Fighter, which is scheduled to be ready for its maiden flight in 2022.
The program is also being evaluated as part of the Strategic Capability Review.