The Israel Air Force will host pilots and officers from foreign air forces for a
major joint drill in southern Israel next month, the IDF said on
Details of the drill are being withheld for security reasons, an
IDF spokeswoman stated.
The US-based Defense News website said in a
report on Monday that nearly a thousand officers and pilots from at least three
countries will arrive for desert-based air combat training, scheduled for
“Patterned after the US Air Force’s annual Red Flag desert
exercise, the two-week Blue Flag at the Air Force’s Uvda training range north of
Eilat marks Israel’s first multinational training event,” Defense News
Over 100 aircraft will take part in IAF-planned air-to-air and
air-to- surface simulated combat drills, the report added.
diplomatic and security concerns, Israel is withholding the identities of
participating air forces until their personnel and aircraft are safely in
country,” it said.
According to Defense News, the US Air Force, as well
as air crews from Bulgaria, Poland, Canada, Cyprus, Greece, Hungary and Italy
are all potential participants, and have trained with the IAF in recent years.
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