Israeli, Italian air forces train in South

December 12, 2010 03:52


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Two weeks after training in Sardinia, the Israeli and Italian air forces held joint maneuvers in southern Israel, the first time that Italy has sent fighter jets to train here.

The maneuvers were conducted from 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 here came two weeks 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 raid on the Gaza-bound aid flotilla in late May.

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