A Large Air Force Drills Including F-35 Fighters Will Be Held in Israel

JERUSLAEM, (BM) – The Israeli Air Force next week will host its biannual Blue Flag aerial exercise, with the F-35 stealth fighter jet taking part in the drill for the first time, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

Over 1,000 people were due to participate in the 12-day exercise, with at least four countries sending air crews to take part.

Read more: Indian and French Military Forces in Joint Drills in Rajasthan

The drill, scheduled to kick off on Sunday, November 3, and continue through November 12 will be hosted at the air force’s Ovda base, north of Eilat.

“The exercise is of the utmost strategic importance and has a tremendous influence on the Air Force, the IDF and the State of Israel,” the military said in a statement.

The United States, Greece, Germany and Italy — each of whom had participated in previous Blue Flag drills — sent air crews to Israel ahead of the exercise. Other countries were also planning to send smaller teams to observe the drill, but not participate, the IDF said.

This would be Israel’s fourth time hosting Blue Flag since its inception in 2013, and it has become more complex over time.

Read more: First Time Joint Flying Training of UK F-35 Fighter Jets and U.S. Bombers

For the first time, the F-35 fighter jet was due to take part in the exercise, the military said.

“As part of the exercise, dozens of flights are due to be carried out, in which the [Israeli] Air Force, along with the other air forces taking part, will simulate air-to-air combat, and air-to-ground combat, dealing with the threat of advanced surface-to-air missiles and scenarios of combat in enemy territory,” the IDF said.

“This deployment provides an opportunity to conduct joint tactical flights against a variety of threats, using advanced technology,” the military said.

The Israeli Air Force credits the Blue Flag exercise and other international aerial drills with improving its capabilities as it both allows Israeli pilots an opportunity to see how other air forces operate and also teaches them to effectively communicate with foreign pilots and crews, something that may come in handy if Israel ever participated in a multi-national military operation.

On a larger, strategic level, these international exercise also strengthen diplomatic relations between the participating countries.

Read more: Russia Starts Nuclear Test and Drills Which Are ‘Not Aimed to Other Countries’

Israel’s previous Blue Flag exercise was held in November 2017, and was the IDF’s largest ever aerial drill, with seven foreign countries taking part.

Follow us everywhere and at any time. BulgarianMilitary.com has responsive design and you can open the page from any computer, mobile devices or web browsers. For more up-to-date news from us, follow our YouTube, Reddit, LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook pages. Do not miss the chance to subscribe to our newsletter. Subscribe and read our stories in News360App in AppStore or GooglePlay or in FeedlyApp in AppStore or GooglePlay

>>Be a reporter: Write and send your article.<<

BulgarianMilitary.com
Editorial team
Source: The Times of Israel

Comments
Loading...

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More