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.
“Flying Dragon” Squadron, which impersonates enemy forces, flew against the
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.