IAF holds joint exercise with Italians in South

December 9, 2010 21:52

Two weeks after training in Sardinia, the Israeli and Italian air forces held joint maneuvers in southern Israel, the first time that Italy sent fighter jets to train in Israel. The maneuvers were held out of the Uvda Air Force Base in the South and included IAF F-16s and Italian Tornados. The IAF’s "Flying Dragon" Squadron, which impersonates enemy forces, flew against the Italians.

The deployment in Israel came two weeks ago after the IAF flew with the Italian Air Force in Sardinia and amid Israeli efforts to locate new training grounds to replace Turkey which cut off military ties following the botched Navy operation to stop a Turkish flotilla en-route to the Gaza Strip in May.

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