The Israeli Air Force (IAF) Blue Flag international training exercise took off in southern Israel on Sunday with air forces from seven other nations participating in the war game, the world’s most important and most advanced ever in Israel.
The exercise, which takes place in the Negev desert, is scheduled to last two weeks and end on October 28.
Launched in 2013, the Blue Flag is organized every two years to strengthen cooperation between participating countries.
Air forces from Germany, Italy, Great Britain, France, India, Greece and the United States sent teams to participate in the exercise.
The IAF’s Sufa F-16I squadrons, led by the 115th Flying Dragon Aggressor Squadron, will act as the “red” enemy force. A Yahalom Patriot battery will also join the enemy simulation force.
This year’s exercises will focus on integrating fourth and fifth generation aircraft, including the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, into complex operational scenarios.
For the first time, international teams will perform a common honor flight over the skies of Israel.
Major General Amikam Norkin, commander of the IAF, will lead the overflight aboard a Baz F-15 alongside an Israeli F-35I “Adir”.
“We live in a very complicated region and threats to the State of Israel from Gaza, Lebanon, Syria and Iran are only increasing,” Norkin said.
“Holding an international exercise in this current reality, while continuing our public and covert operational activities on all fronts, is of the utmost strategic importance and has a tremendous impact on the Israeli Air Force, the Israeli military. and the State of Israel. “
Lieutenant-General. Ingo Gerhartz, Commander of the German Air Force, will fly alongside them in the Eurofighter “Eagle Star”, which has been specially painted with the Israeli and German flags.